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Arizona bans funding to Planned Parenthood in abortion fight

Posted by on May. 5, 2012 at 9:20 AM
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PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill banning abortion providers like Planned Parenthood from receiving money through the state, her office said in a statement.

The Republican-backed Whole Woman's Health Funding Priority Act cuts off funding for family planning and health services delivered by Planned Parenthood clinics and other organizations offering abortions.

"By signing this measure into law I stand with the majority of Americans who oppose the use of taxpayer funds for abortion," Brewer said in a statement.

Arizona joins six other states with similar laws, officials said. But three of those states -- Indiana, Kansas and North Carolina -- are facing legal challenges.

Arizona does not provide tax dollars for abortion, but backers said the law is needed to make sure that no indirect monies are funneled to organizations like Planned Parenthood that provide abortion and other health services. There were no estimates of how much money is involved.

But officials at Planned Parenthood Arizona, the state's largest abortion provider, said the law means that thousands of women in the state may now go without life-saving cancer screenings, birth control and basic health care.

"We are most concerned about the women and men who could be forced to go without health care as a result of this bill," Bryan Howard, Planned Parenthood Arizona's president and CEO, said in a prepared statement.

"We remain committed to providing Arizona communities with the professional, nonjudgmental and confidential health care they have relied on for 78 years," Howard said.

The anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List called the bill a "major victory" in its fight to bar funding of abortion providers.

"Abortion-centered businesses like Planned Parenthood do not need or deserve taxpayer dollars," Marilyn Musgrave, vice president of government affairs for the organization, said in a written statement.

While Planned Parenthood suffered a setback in Arizona, it won a temporary battle in court on Friday with Texas. A federal appeals court ruled that the organization could participate in a health program for low-income women in Texas, despite a new state rule there that bans affiliates of abortion providers.

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by on May. 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I dont agree

by on May. 5, 2012 at 12:03 PM

This is quite sad. Planned Parenthood provides affordable birth control that could reduce the need for abortions. They also provide valuable screenings for sexually transmitted diseases. This is a narrow minded policy enacted by people set on forcing their beliefs on people. I am pro life but also pro choice...I would never think to tell another person what to do with their bodies. However, this is clearly not even the case here because it stated that funds could not be used for abortion with the original law. They are just worried that they might unintentionally be used for abortions. Really? So cut off services that could prevent unwanted pregnancies that prevent the need for abortion, services that screen for cancer that can save lives and educate men and women about their sexual health. That is really sad and a huge step backwards...I hope this trend does not snowball across the country.

by Stephanie on May. 5, 2012 at 6:13 PM

I don't agree with this. I have needed the services of planned parenthood numerous times mostly for my annual exams and birth control but also they helped with my pregnancy tests and referred me to my OB because he would only see you with a referral which was so expensive to see your GP to get especially when I did not have insurance at the time. Yes (at least here) when you get a positive pregnancy test they ask you if you want to seek treatment for having the baby (referral to an OB) or get info on Adoption procedures and who to contact or to get info on abortion procedures and who to contact regarding that. if you were not sure at that point they would talk with you and tell you to come back another time to discuss further action. also they helped Shawn with paying for his testectomy because we are done having kids and I needed to come off of the birth control for health reasons. but even for that there is a 30+ day wait after talking with a nurse then with a dr about it.

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