Arizona Bans State Funds for Planned Parenthood

By:  Dave Bohon
05/09/2012
       
Arizona Bans State Funds for Planned Parenthood

Gov. Jan Brewer has signed legislation making Arizona the latest state to pull the plug on Planned Parenthood funding.

Gov. Jan Brewer has signed legislation making Arizona the latest state to pull the plug on Planned Parenthood funding.

 

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (pictured, at the Phoenix Children's Hospital) enacted another law for life May 4 when she signed a bill that will prevent taxpayer funding from paying for abortions, essentially putting Planned Parenthood out of the abortion business in the state. Expect the abortion giant to fight back, however. In states where such legislation has been passed, Planned Parenthood has sued to restore its windfall, and has seen some initial success as, for instance, when a federal court recently blocked the funding ban inTexas as a Planned Parenthood lawsuit against the measure goes forward.

As for the Arizona measure, the state’s Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act (H.B. 2800) will cut off abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood from funding designated for family Planning. “The bill is based on model legislation developed by the Susan B. Anthony List and the Alliance Defense Fund, and prioritizes family planning funds away from abortion-centered businesses like Planned Parenthood to entities that provide women with comprehensive health care,” reported LifeNews.com. “The measure prohibits the state or any local government from using public money to contract with an organization that includes abortions.”

Gov. Brewer called the new measure a “common-sense law that tightens existing state regulations and closes loopholes in order to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions, whether directly or indirectly. By signing this measure into law, I stand with the majority of Americans who oppose the use of taxpayer funds for abortion.”

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