(Image source: The Arizona Republic)

 

 

BY EVAN BUSH AND ZACH TOOMBS

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

 

The Republican Party’s push to ban Planned Parenthood took a step further Friday. Good Morning America has the details.

 

“Arizona’s Governor — Jan Brewer — has signed a bill into law cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood for non-abortion services. The Republican governor says the law ensures no taxpayer money is used to  pay for abortions.”

 

Arizona already bans the use of taxpayer funds for abortion. The Arizona Republic reports this law would block all state funding for the organization.

 

“Planned Parenthood of Arizona officials have said the bill … is intended to impact non-abortion services they provide, such as cancer screenings, birth control and well-woman exams. Fewer than one in 10 women seek abortion services from Planned Parenthood of Arizona, according to the organization.”

 

ABC News reports Planned Parenthood is considering legal action to challenge the law. After all, Governor Brewer signed the bill into law on the same day a federal court of appeals ruled the state of Texas could not defund Planned Parenthood. That ruling came after eight Planned Parenthood locations sued the state. Here’s WFAA in Dallas.

 

“A federal appeals judge has stopped Texas from banning Planned Parenthood from the Texas women's health program. state lawmakers are trying to stop federal dollars from funding an organization affiliated with the abortion providers.”

 

The Los Angeles Times explains in more detail why courts struck down the Texas law.

 

“Shortly before 5 p.m. Friday... The panel sided with the federal judge in Austin, ruling that there's evidence the new law preventing Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from participating in a Medicaid and state-funded health program is unconstitutional.”

 

In a statement, Brewer called the measure ‘a common sense law’ that cuts off money to any clinic which provides abortion services. The CEO of Arizona’s Planned Parenthood shot back, saying the group is “most concerned” about the 65,000 Arizonians for whom it provides health care screenings.

 

The reaction from left-wing voices has been harsh. Jezebel writes:

 

"The use of public money for abortions had already been banned except to save the life of the mother, but apparently that already-extreme restriction wasn't Fun Time Fascist enough for them to get their rocks off."

 

But an article from Catholic Online was quick to back up the new Arizona law.

 

"(HB 2800) ensures that public monies go to genuine health care facilities and not organizations like Planned Parenthood which has pulled off a ruse. A ruse is an action intended to deceive. They dress themselves up as a "Health Care Provider" and include the taking of the life of children as a ‘service’ under their definition of ‘reproductive services.’ Abortion is not health care ... Abortion is deadly.”

 

According to New York Magazine, six states have adopted similar laws — but opponents are taking the measure to court in three of them.

Arizona Passes Law to Cut All Planned Parenthood Services

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May 5, 2012

Arizona Passes Law to Cut All Planned Parenthood Services

(Image source: The Arizona Republic)

 

 

BY EVAN BUSH AND ZACH TOOMBS

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

 

The Republican Party’s push to ban Planned Parenthood took a step further Friday. Good Morning America has the details.

 

“Arizona’s Governor — Jan Brewer — has signed a bill into law cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood for non-abortion services. The Republican governor says the law ensures no taxpayer money is used to  pay for abortions.”

 

Arizona already bans the use of taxpayer funds for abortion. The Arizona Republic reports this law would block all state funding for the organization.

 

“Planned Parenthood of Arizona officials have said the bill … is intended to impact non-abortion services they provide, such as cancer screenings, birth control and well-woman exams. Fewer than one in 10 women seek abortion services from Planned Parenthood of Arizona, according to the organization.”

 

ABC News reports Planned Parenthood is considering legal action to challenge the law. After all, Governor Brewer signed the bill into law on the same day a federal court of appeals ruled the state of Texas could not defund Planned Parenthood. That ruling came after eight Planned Parenthood locations sued the state. Here’s WFAA in Dallas.

 

“A federal appeals judge has stopped Texas from banning Planned Parenthood from the Texas women's health program. state lawmakers are trying to stop federal dollars from funding an organization affiliated with the abortion providers.”

 

The Los Angeles Times explains in more detail why courts struck down the Texas law.

 

“Shortly before 5 p.m. Friday... The panel sided with the federal judge in Austin, ruling that there's evidence the new law preventing Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from participating in a Medicaid and state-funded health program is unconstitutional.”

 

In a statement, Brewer called the measure ‘a common sense law’ that cuts off money to any clinic which provides abortion services. The CEO of Arizona’s Planned Parenthood shot back, saying the group is “most concerned” about the 65,000 Arizonians for whom it provides health care screenings.

 

The reaction from left-wing voices has been harsh. Jezebel writes:

 

"The use of public money for abortions had already been banned except to save the life of the mother, but apparently that already-extreme restriction wasn't Fun Time Fascist enough for them to get their rocks off."

 

But an article from Catholic Online was quick to back up the new Arizona law.

 

"(HB 2800) ensures that public monies go to genuine health care facilities and not organizations like Planned Parenthood which has pulled off a ruse. A ruse is an action intended to deceive. They dress themselves up as a "Health Care Provider" and include the taking of the life of children as a ‘service’ under their definition of ‘reproductive services.’ Abortion is not health care ... Abortion is deadly.”

 

According to New York Magazine, six states have adopted similar laws — but opponents are taking the measure to court in three of them.

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