Arizona Bans Funding to Planned Parenthood

Jan Brewer cuts off abortion providers from state money
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 5, 2012 5:26 AM CDT
Arizona Bans Funding to Planned Parenthood
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer speaks to reporters in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2012.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Gov. Jan Brewer yesterday signed into law a bill to cut off Planned Parenthood's access to taxpayer money funneled through the state for non-abortion services. Arizona already bars use of public money for abortions except to save the life of the mother. But anti-abortion legislators and other supporters of the bill say the broader prohibition is needed to ensure no public money indirectly supports abortion services.

Planned Parenthood Arizona claims a funding ban would interrupt its preventive health care and family planning services for nearly 20,000 women served by the organization's clinics. The organization says it will consider a legal challenge. (A similar law in Texas is in the same boat.) The measure targeting funding for Planned Parenthood for non-abortion services was one of several approved by Arizona's Republican-led Legislature related to contentious reproductive health care issues this session. (More Arizona stories.)

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