Arizona Says No to Planned Parenthood Funding
On Friday, Jan Brewer, the Governor of Arizona, signed a new bill into law banning providers of abortions, such as Planned Parenthood, from being able to receive any public money through the state. The new bill cuts of any funding for health and family planning by Planned Parenthood clinics, as well as other organizations that offer abortions. The bill was sponsored by Arizona Republicans.
Brewer said that with her signing the measure she stood with the majority of people in America who are opposed to using taxpayer money for abortion. Arizona now joins six states that have approved similar laws, but three of those, North Carolina, Kansas and Indiana now face legal challenges to the legislation.
Arizona currently does not provide any taxpayer funds for abortion however, supporters of the legislation wanted to make sure no indirect funds could be funneled to Planned Parenthood or other similar organizations that provide abortions.
Planned Parenthood of Arizona said the new law would mean that thousands of females in Arizona might not have birth-control counseling, life-saving screenings for cancer and basic health care.
The CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona, Bryan Howard said, “We are very concerned that men and women could be forced to not receive heath care because of the new law.”
He added, “We are committed to providing the communities in Arizona with nonjudgmental, confidential and professional health care that we have been providing for over 78 years.”
One anti-abortion group named the Susan B. Anthony List called the new legislation a major victory in their fight to bar abortion providers with funding.