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Arizona Celebrates “Sharp Decrease In Abortion” Due To Lack of Providers

Arizona Celebrates “Sharp Decrease In Abortion” Due To Lack of Providers

The news out of Arizona is all good for those who are trying to end abortion — the number of women having abortions in the state dropped in one third for the month of September.

Anti-choice activists are calling the change a total success, and say that it is in large part due to the 24 hour waiting period, being forced to consult with a doctor before the abortion, and being offered an ultrasound of the fetus before the procedure begins.  One woman who helps craft the state’s abortion restrictions told the Yuma Sun, “When women are given information about the gestational age of their preborn child, the risks of the abortion procedure, the alternatives that are available, more women choose life.”

There’s only one issue with that assessment — it’s totally wrong. Ultrasounds, the 24 hour waiting period, consultation, all of these previous restrictions were already in place since 2010, and although there was a small decrease in the number of women obtaining abortions, it wasn’t a significant one.  Now, however, the number of women getting abortions went from 1069 in August to just 729 in September.

The big change?  The elimination of services in multiple clinics across the state as a new law went into effect saying only physicians can administer drugs that cause abortion.

Planned Parenthood CEO Bryan Howard said, “The bottom line is we’ve lost the capacity to provide the care. This is not about the need going away.”  Howard noted that the percentage of women who began seeking an abortion and actually went through with it remained unchanged.  What changed instead was how many could be seen, how long of a wait it was to get an available doctor, and how far women had to travel to get the procedure done.

So what happened to the other women?  Odds are that as the restrictions continue, more surgical abortions will be performed rather than abortion via medicine, increasing the cost for women as well as the physical recovery.  And, since surgery takes longer, the wait list will continue to grow. Some women will leave the state to get an abortion.

And some will simply end up giving birth, despite not wanting to parent or being able to afford a child.  Families too poor to afford a later procedure will instead have to pay for another mouth to feed, and force the other children to struggle more, too.  Or women will purchase drugs over the internet and take them unmonitored, like the mother in Indiana. More will find other do-it-yourself abortion options. More will be scared. More will be desperate.

But the number of abortions in the state will continue to drop, and anti-choice advocates will continue to pat themselves on the back for a job well done.


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7:47PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

I would personally like to see statistics in a few more months about how many *born* infants are dropped into toilets, dumpsters and the like. Never mind those left at safe havens. Oh yes, that program is a real success, lets have more miserable children.

7:36PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Thank you.

12:37PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

I also agree with Nicole! I knew a crazy woman who "could not afford" an abortion so she kept the child and is on public aid and smoked A LOT of pot during her whole (did other hard drugs early on) pregnancy and when the baby was born it had THC in her little system and DCFS knocked on her door, but did nothing since there are so many children born with THC in their system that they cannot take all of them away! I feel so sorry for this poor child to have such a selfish mother so horribly mean and mentally unstable! I do not want my tax money to go to war nor the "war" on drugs, but it does! I think it is only fair if the mother has drank or done drugs or was raped and certain situations the abortion should be paid for by the government! It is so much cheaper to pay a few hundred dollars for an abortion then to pay for the child's whole life time! I am sure the mother will someday get SSD for the child that is probably disabled because she did drugs while pregnant! I am not against anyone getting help when they need it, but we need to be smarter than this! The mother should have gotten help getting an abortion not medical and food stamps! I get that people think it is a life and are against it, but my worry is for the people already HERE! Why bring MORE screwed up people into this world? We all pay for things we do not agree with and I am more worried about poor women being forced to keep babies they do not want or are not able to properly take care of that will grow up and

12:03PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

I like Nicole's comment - in theory! I wouldn't want to be a child brought up by someone who condemned my mother to be a prisoner in her own body, with me as her jailer.

6:46PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

I completely agree with Nicole G.

We have just moved to an area where the foster care system is overburdened. It boggles my mind that people will put so much time and energy into telling women what they should do with their bodies claiming it's to protect innocent lives but won't work to help children who are already here. I guess it's easier to yell in judgement than to takes a few hours out of their week to truly make a difference in the world

11:54AM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Great - I hope all these people "celebrating the sharp decrease in abortions" are just as enthusiastically celebrating the corresponding increase in unwanted children, children born to parents that can't support them, children born to parents who may have drug/alcohol issues, more children in an overburdened social system, more children on this crowded planet... yay!!! Let's all celebrate!!!

What is wrong with these people? They want social responsibility, and yet when someone is responsible enough to make the difficult decision not to bring yet another unwanted child into this world, they prevent them from having an abortion????

Complete madness.

5:50PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

Wow, did the comments get heated on this one!

I believe that birth control and education, along with readily available family planning centers (like Planned Parenthood, not the travesty that are the emergency pregnancy centers), are the key. This is what will truly bring down the abortion rate, not false numbers like what anti-choice people are currently celebrating. We need *real* sex education classes in schools, not abstinence only.

As for women who require an abortion, for whatever reason, more compassion and understanding. Less finger pointing and perhaps more time spent 'in their shoes'.

5:02PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

Every anti-abortionist should have to adopt one child who was born due to their actions every time they prevent one woman from being able to exercise the freedom to choose what is right for her body.

2:36PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

That is f-ed up!

12:05PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

My thanks to Sam T. for a great comment and the Green Star.

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