In the latest challenge to state laws protecting life, Planned Parenthood has sued Arizona
to keep the state from enforcing the law — namely, that abortion centers must use the abortion-inducing drug RU-486 according to safety guidelines from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the case will not be sent back to Tucson, AZ for a federal re-trial. In a brief to the court last week
, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne
showed how recent federal court opinions in Ohio and Texas are in conflict with reversing Arizona’s law.
Because the Appeals Courts for Texas (5th Circuit), Ohio (6th Circuit) and Arizona (9th Circuit) are not in full agreement on similar cases regarding chemical abortions, it becomes more likely the U.S. Supreme Court will take this case.
For a case filed this spring, it could be a quick journey from Arizona — consistently ranked as one of the most pro-life states
— to our nation’s highest court.
Following a 2012 law passed by the Arizona State Legislature and signed by Governor Jan Brewer, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) issued revised regulations for abortion centers
on January 27, 2014.
Most of the regulations went into effect statewide on April 1, with one important exception. In the lawsuit Planned Parenthood Arizona et. al. v Humble
filed in March, pro-abortion advocates challenged a simple rule.
As ADHS Director Will Humble states it in layman’s terms
: “Any medication used to induce an abortion [should] be administered in compliance with the FDA protocols as outlined in the printed label instructions,”
Planned Parenthood Arizona claims it should be able to ignore the safety and usage labeling of RU-486, prescribing a new protocol for its abortion centers that combines RU-486 with other drugs and allows for inducing abortion beyond the drug’s prescribed use of up to 49 days after conception.
In violation of FDA guidelines
, the centers have prescribed RU-486 to be taken at home rather than administered on-site under supervision of medical professionals.
When the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio considered these issues, it ruled against Planned Parenthood’s
off-label abortion practices — due to mounting evidence of danger to pregnant women.
, an attorney with Americans United for Life, explains the Ohio ruling
: “Rather than ‘using as directed,’ the abortion industry has been handing out life-ending drugs against the restrictions established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and some women died.”
“And yet, the abortion industry went to court to continue with its potentially deadly practices,” Smith concludes.
Two years following their failed Ohio lawsuit, Planned Parenthood continues to fight for the right to thwart FDA’s safety guidelines for drugs — endangering the lives of women and preborn children.
This action follows on the heels of a devastating report
revealing rampant waste, fraud and abuse at their centers nationwide, along with a new investigation
into Planned Parenthood staff giving inappropriate sexual advice to minors.
Pray that the media and legal system will continue to shine light on Planned Parenthood, the largest provider and promoter of abortion in America. As God’s Word opens our eyes (Ezekiel 22:4: “You have become guilty by the blood that you have shed”), we repent of the shedding of innocent blood on behalf of our nation.
Join us at Bound4LIFE in interceding for Attorney General Tom Horne, as he prepares the Petition for this case to be heard by the Supreme Court.