Jan Brewer, along with a litany of other anti-choice politicians in Arizona, have made it a legislative priority to limit women’s access to abortion and other reproductive health care services throughout the state. Between the bill approved in the Arizona Senate earlier this week to ban race and sex motivated abortions, and the piece of legislation to limit out access to RU-486, one thing is very clear: women’s reproductive health, rights, and justice are under attack in Arizona and the anti-choice community is hard at work organizing a coordinated assault on reproductive freedom.
One of the recent strategies to zero out access comes in the form of HB2416, which Jan Brewer signed into law Saturday night. Once the law takes effect, women seeking access to RU-486 will no longer be able to get the pill from a Nurse Practitioner and will instead only be able to get it from a Physician. The problem here is simple. There are nowhere near enough trained Doctors available in rural communities throughout Arizona, and women who live in cities like Flagstaff or Yuma often times depend on Nurse Practitioners to distribute the RU-486. [Read more...]