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Phoenix Abortion Services Provider Seeks Injunction In AG Investigation
A Phoenix abortion services provider is pushing back against the state’s efforts to investigate its practices. Camelback Family Planning (CFP) learned it was under investigation by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in late 2015.
CFP officials say they don’t know exactly what is being investigated, but they’ve attempted to compromise with the AG’s office while respecting the rights of their patients.
Now the state is asking CFP for unredacted patient records under the authority of the Consumer Fraud Act. Attorney General Mark Brnovich is also requesting CFP’s medical director Dr. Gabrielle Goodrick be questioned under oath about her patients.
Attorney Jean-Jacques Cabou is asking a judge to weigh in on the legitimacy of the investigation.
“The Consumer Fraud Act gives the attorney general’s office broad investigatory powers, but only in pursuit of a proper purpose," Cabou said. "A party who is subpoenaed in an investigation that has an improper purpose has a right to resist - and that’s what we’ve done."
CFP is alleging the investigation is motivated by animus toward legal abortion rights. Cabou filed a motion on behalf of CFP asking a judge to protect the privacy of Camelback Family Planning’s patients.
“We’re confident that CFP followed all the procedures that it had to follow and frankly we don’t know what this is about," Cabou said. "No third party has ever reviewed the propriety of the investigation and that’s what we’re asking the court to do.”
Cabou said the investigation is unconstitutional and violates doctor-patient privilege.
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office declined to comment.