By Corinne Murdock |
Planned Parenthood of Arizona (PPAZ) offers doulas to those who obtain abortions or undergo gender transition procedures.
PPAZ offers doula services for free and trains doulas for free. Other trainings can cost well over $1,000. However, doulas must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as well as traditional vaccines including measles, mumps, and rubella; Hepatitis B; and the two-step tuberculosis skin test.
On its application page, PPAZ noted that barriers such as criminal history “more often negatively impact BIPOC” (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) in the application process, and that they were “working to eliminate those barriers.”
PPAZ offers its doula services in Tucson and Phoenix.
Arizona state law defines doulas as nonmedical professionals providing continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to families before, during, and after childbirth or in the case of loss. Licensing for doulas is voluntary in the state.
The abortion giant appropriated the traditional notion of a doula, someone who provides guidance and support to a mother during and sometimes in the months immediately following childbirth, to include its other services like abortions and gender transitions.
The first abortion doula program, the Doula Project, launched in 2007 in New York City. The activists dubbed their reinvention of the doula concept, the “full-spectrum doula.”
In Arizona, abortions are legal up to 15-weeks gestation, except for minors and in cases where the woman is seeking an abortion due to her unborn child’s race, sex, or genetic abnormality. After 15 weeks, women must travel out of state to obtain an abortion. PPAZ offers a network of Planned Parenthood abortionists through Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest in California for those women seeking an abortion after 15 weeks.
PPAZ offers abortions on a sliding scale of fees based on a patient’s monthly income and number of dependents. They also offer transportation, lodging, gas, and child care services for those obtaining abortions. PPAZ has two centers that provide abortions, in Glendale and Tucson, with the other five offering abortion referrals.
There are five other abortion clinics in the state. In Phoenix there’s Acacia Women’s Center, Camelback Family Planning, Desert Star Family Planning, and Family Planning Associates Medical Group; and in Tucson there’s Choices Women’s Center.
The Arizona Department of Health (AZDHS) has yet to publish its 2022 abortion report. Per the last AZDHS report, there were nearly 14,000 abortions performed in 2021, hundreds more than the 13,300 performed in 2020.
PPAZ’s gender transition services include hormone replacement therapy for patients over the age of 18, both in-person and virtually. The Arizona Community Foundation Kellenberger + Tollefson Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy provides financial assistance to PPAZ patients needing financial assistance. PPAZ’s gender transition services are also sponsored by Phoenix Pride, which also funds the Arizona Community Foundation.
Last September, Phoenix Pride gave PPAZ $10,000 for those services through their Community Foundation.
PPAZ’s recently-departed CEO and President, Brittany Fonteno, became the CEO of the National Abortion Federation last month. The abortion provider is set to announce an interim president and CEO soon.