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Abortion services to end in 6 Arizona cities

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Aug. 29, 2011

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Planned Parenthood Arizona announced Aug. 18 the discontinuation of abortion care in six cities because of recent state restrictions on the procedures.

The decision stems from a recent appellate court decision that upheld several 2009 laws on abortion, including a measure mandating that only physicians be allowed to perform surgical abortions. A woman also is required to see a doctor in person the day before getting an abortion to hear about abortion risks and alternatives.

Abortion care now will be provided at only three health centers in Arizona, two in the metro Phoenix area and one in Tucson, according to Planned Parenthood. Women will continue to receive cancer screenings, annual gynecological exams, sexually transmitted disease testing and birth control at all 13 of the organization's health centers in Arizona, said Bryan Howard, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2011/08/29/gvbf0829.htm.

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