(CNSNews.com) — In a blow to Planned Parenthood, an Arizona appeals court has lifted an injuction that blocked abortion regulations from taking effect in the state.
After hearing arguments from both sides earlier this month, the Arizona Court of Appeals on Aug. 11 overturned a Maricopa County Superior Court ruling, which found that portions of the 2009 law — signed by Gov. Jan Brewer and challenged by Planned Parenthood of Arizona — could cause “irreparable harm” to women.
In a 44-page ruling, the three-judge panel’s unanimous decision, written by Appeals Court Judge Peter B. Swann, found that “the four statutory provisions that regulate the performance of abortions [do not] violate the equal protection or privacy clauses of the Arizona Constitution.”
“This is a great day for Arizona women and parents,” Gov. Jan Brewer said. “The 2009 Abortion Consent Act empowers women by giving them the objective information they need prior to deciding whether to have an abortion. Women deserve all the facts from their physician, in-person, before making such a critical decision. Today’s court decision will help guarantee that.”