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5/5/2012 8:02:00 AM
Brewer signs Ariz. ban on Planned Parenthood funding
Photo by Charles Dharapak (AP)
Photo by Charles Dharapak (AP)
Related Texas ruling
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Texas cannot ban Planned Parenthood from receiving state funds, at least until a lower court has a chance to hear formal arguments. At issue is funding for a Texas program that provides basic health care and contraception to 130,000 poor women.

Texas lost federal Medicaid funding for its Women's Health Program after the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said a state law prohibiting funding for clinics affiliated with an abortion provider violated a federal law that guarantees women the right to choose their health care providers.

Texas' attorney general sued the federal government to have the funding restored, while clinics have sued the state.

The Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday 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 have said the broader prohibition is needed to make sure that no public money indirectly supports abortion services.

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

Arizona has said 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 has said it will consider a legal challenge.

"We are most concerned about the women and men who could be forced to go without health care as a result of this bill," said Bryan Howard, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona. "We remain committed to providing Arizona communities with the professional, nonjudgmental and confidential health care they have relied on for 78 years."

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 during a 116-day session that ended Thursday. Brewer is a Republican.

Other approved Arizona bills include one generally banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, which Brewer has already signed, and one loosening a state law that generally requires health care plans to cover contraception.

On the funding issue, similar attempts in Texas, Kansas and Indiana have resulted in litigation.

States that considered versions of the legislation this year included New Hampshire where lawmakers effectively killed a bill as they heeded warnings that blocking public funding to abortion providers could jeopardize New Hampshire's Medicaid program.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012
Article comment by: An Observer

To all Conservatives and Right to Lifers:
It amazes me how you are so fixated on saving an unborn child.
Yet when it comes time to help feed and provide healthcare for it when the mother cannot, you turn your backs on it.(you call it entitlements and you blame the mother).

I have other questions for you:
If you care so much about precious life,
1. why does the caring stop when the child is born?
2. why are you so quick to go to war to kill people?
3. why are you so quick to have a person executed?
4. why do you love carrying a side-arm if it can kill someone(like Travon Martin)?

Please rely.

Posted: Monday, May 07, 2012
Article comment by: ebenezeer schrooge

Amazing - why let facts get in the way of a good rant? trying to get some to see facts is like teaching a pig to sing. Not only are you wasting your time by you are annoying the pig!

Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2012
Article comment by: Righties are Easily confused

The second paragraph reads " Arizona already bars public money from being used for abortions". This is about defunding healthcare for poor families. It is difficult for cons to not be easily confused. That is why the cons attacked the wrong country in response to 911 and went looking for weapons that don't exist. Why do we keep electing these incompetent republicans?

Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2012
Article comment by: Bob Lynne

Not surprisingly, Brewer continues the War on Women in Arizona. She claims that she stands with the majority but she is mistaken and misleads as usual.
No one wants more abortions, no one. However it is important that women have choices concerning their own health, and it is important that all women have access to the information and tests to make intelligent decisions.
Unfortunately too many Arizonans do not appreciate the value of good education whether it is in our schools or otherwise. Brewer continues with her double talk, claiming to want to protect education, and then cutting it in favor of tax cuts for the rich.

Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2012
Article comment by: Ted's Perspective

Governor Brewer got this one right. Abortion is the taking of life and should be treated as such. Itís acceptable to save another life, but should never have gained the momentum of being a form of birth control.

Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2012
Article comment by: George Seaman

Tom Steele, as a health care provider I can tell you there is absolutely NO concensus as to when life moves into the "human" realm. You believe that it does so at conception, but the law says otherwise. In fact, Roe v Wade actually adds a very intersting piece to the partum viability. If it were clear when a fetus became a "baby" there would be no arguments.

But more to the point of this article is the fact that this law defunds all of Planned Parenthood because it holds to a different theory about teh beginnings of "humanity" than do the Republican lawmakers of this state. And this defunding is directed at services that have nothing to do with abortion. These services include the services you just advocated for the prevention of pregnancy. This law is hypocracy in its highest form!

Believe whatever you like about when human life begins, but do not claim that there is anything close to a scientific consensus on the topic. Planned Prenthood provides exactly the kinds of services you think women should seek out rather than abortion, to defund it is just stupid! And the Republican candidate for President has said that he will do the same...with just this one statement he has lost any chance of getting my vote, as have all of the legislators who voted for this absurd AZ law.

Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2012
Article comment by: Statistically Speaking

Born in California, Brewer attended Glendale Community College where she received a radiological technologist certificate, but never earned a degree.-

She has been wreaking havoc on this state since entering politics in 1981 .

I wonder , can radiation overexposure .. cause mental illness ?

Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2012
Article comment by: Christian Dee

I wonder what happens to the money saved by cutting off life saving services performed by planned parenthood. Will it go to the private prison lobby that has such a strong presence in our statehouse? It should go to replace the healthcare services that are now lost because of this ill advised law and should have been included. If it isn't, then truly this is about money and not about abortions. I will remember this law when I go into the voting booth in November.

Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2012
Article comment by: M D

It is amazing to me that so many of the posters here cannot read and comprehend the article here. Abortions were NOT paid for by taxpayers before this law was signed. This is about defunding needed healthcare needs including cancer screenings for poor women. Many of these women have children and if they die, the children are left without a mother and in many cases without any parent. I am against taxpayer funding of abortions, and it is prohibited in both federal and state law and was before this anti- women law was signed.

Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2012
Article comment by: Zy Goat

Its not about abortion . It is about HUMAN health . PP offered these services to men . checkups for reproductive or sexual health problems .
colon cancer screening
erectile dysfunction services, including education, exams, treatment, and referral
jock itch exam and treatment
male infertility screening and referral
premature ejaculation services, including education, exams, treatment, and referral
routine physical exams
testicular cancer screenings
prostate cancer screenings
urinary tract infections testing and treatment
vasectomy .
Why dont you people read their website and "discover" what they (PP) have / had to offer besides "abortion" counseling . Why do you not allow the person who needs to make that decision , be their own decision to make ? You're are not saving anyone .
You wont be receiving any medals in heaven for not minding your own business . Supporting this law only allows the state to be even more involved in your life in areas most of you have probably never considered . Be wary of anybody who says they speak for god , or knows
gods will , unless they are speaking only for and about themselves . You think you speak for god and the unborn ? You honestly think you have the ability or capacity to know a souls destiny as surely your own creator... must have ? The trouble with the word believe is that it has a "lie" in the middle of it . This is a bad law , Brewer should not have signed it .

Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2012
Article comment by: S L

I don't see why this always has to be about who does and doesn't believe in abortion. It is simple, if you say yes to unprotected sex, if you say yes, I need an abortion, you need to say yes, I can pay the bill. It's called personal responsibility. Others should not have to pay for something you said yes to.

Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Lyle

It is the womans body to chose but if she wants to have abortion then she and the guy Should paid. If everyone who wants the Goverment to pay for abortions too bad their parents didn't have one and they wouldn't be here to enjoy the life that God gave them. Tom Steele is right and so is our Govenor.

Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2012
Article comment by: L C

What ever happened to morals and personal responsibility? We need to start teaching the young what the meaning of personal responsibility is.

Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2012
Article comment by: Zig E.

@ To Garland Adams - Looks like your post went sailing right over poor Garlands head.

Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2012
Article comment by: Richey Hope

Gov. Brewer is just trying to make Arizona #1 in something. Currently, Arizona is second in the nation in teen females giving birth. In first place at 113 per thousand is Nevada. Arizona is a distant second at only 104 teenagers giving birth #10 is Arkansas with 93. Other states in the top 10 are: Mississippi, New Mexico, TEXAS, Florida, California, Georgia, and North Carolina. Governor Brewer is just doing her very best to boost Arizona's standing in this important competition.

Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

George Seaman, as a health care professional, you know the facts of conception and the multiple birth control methods available to women and men. No one is contesting those products. However in 2012 to ignore these products and expect the taxpayers to pay for therapeutic abortions is not rational. Perhaps an exception can be made in the case of rape or incest if required for the mental health of the woman. The whole issue demeans the gift of life and makes it a decision comparable with keeping or throwing away some unwanted clothes.

Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2012
Article comment by: Give'm Hell Harry

ARIZONA...........THE AFGHANISTAN OF AMERICA. The Taliban run this state!

Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Hope

I find it funny that we all talk about privatization of education, prisons and other government functions, but who pays for the incarcerated, and to educate. The government. Criminals are not paying for their incarceration. We are. Same with education, you pay and someone makes money. What you lose wit privatizing these things is the right to effect them. Private prisons, no say in the way they are run. Same with education. Charter schools don't have school boards. They are all for profit. Profit from tax payers. Understand the ideological purification of both parties has left common sense on the sidelines. Moderate, common sense, compromised legislation is a thing of the past. You harken back to better days. Politicians used to work together to help us. Not now. So we are left with the courts making public policy. So much for a representative government. Leave women alone.

Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2012
Article comment by: Garland Adams

Ah, the classic anger and hostility demonstrated by one "To garland Adams" is indeed exactly what we expect from those who, for some unfathomable reason, are determined to make killing unborn babies as easy and available as possible. Frankly, there's really nothing like the rage and insanity of such people. I suppose it's fitting for those who are truly called to do the Devli's work on this earth. In order to overcome the guilt and torment that the abortions they or a close loved one have had, they lash out and gnash their teeth at those who think abortion is wrong.

"To garland Adams" in particular doesn't seem too smart either, what with her assertion that a guy can, by himself, create and then "kill" an unborn baby. Yes, genius, class and composure are what we've come to expect from the likes of "To garland Adams". Poor soul doesn't realize the man's "seed" has to have something from a woman before it can become a baby. But at the same time, she wants to lecture me about what a "baby" is.

Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2012
Article comment by: Veritas Semper

@ To Semper Veritas...and really, just what do you honestly think the percentage of those seeking an abortion were raped or victims of incest. Like most of those who resort to calling others names you lack the facts and ability to continue a logical, rational debate. Less than 1/3 of 1% of all abortions are performed on rape or incest victims. Tough to deal with the fact that over 99% of all abortions are done simply because the non-mommy didn't take responsibility for her actions. Accountability is a difficult pill for many to swallow in today's world.

Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2012
Article comment by: Steven Ayres

The commenters on both sides of this issue who think this law will reduce the number of abortions (and consequently lead to more unwanted or unsupportable children) are both wrong. Abortion funding is separate and unaffected. The primary effect of this will be to reduce access to affordable primary health care for many. Some of this will be made up by increased contributions to the nonprofit, at least in the short term. The second effect will be to trigger a lawsuit that Planned Parenthood will eventually win, as we are seeing in Texas. We can hope that the third effect will be to wake voters up to the alarming degree with which our Legislature is serving narrow religious interests rather than community interests, leading to smarter votes in November.

Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2012
Article comment by: K M

What a shame! Now simple tests such as mammograms will be harder to come by for those who cannot afford them. When younger, I was not always able to afford health care, even it was available through my employer and have gone without, but now I am one of those fortunate ones that has health insurance that I pay monthly for. Just recently I had my annual mammogram, when they found something unusual I was required to have follow up tests. Even after insurance paid their share, the balance was $600, which I will have to pay. How could someone without any health insurance afford that? This type of follow-up could detect an abnormalty early on and save lives.

Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2012
Article comment by: Sweet Home Arizona

Mr. Adams, in yesterdays paper a woman felt her need to express her anguish, how could one mother (raise) four children but then those same children can't (won't?) return that love when the time comes and roles become reversed. She was able to list a number of reasons why and frankly her story was just plain sad. I mention this because your story is so similar.
I'm pretty good at math so I'm guessing I was one of those unplanned events.
Lucky me.
Thing is, my parents wanted to love me.
I never think about what it would be like to have never been born, what would be the point?
I do however think about what it could have been to be unwanted. I always come back with the same conclusion, it would be hell.

Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2012
Article comment by: Peace Nik

To Semper Veritas, Your attitude is so prevalent in these cases. Yes, hate the mothers, punish the children and make the male pay for 18 years(if you can find him!) Trouble is no one really wants these children, do they?? Not the mothers, fathers, state or the Christians YET they are forced to be born and then the families are ridiculed for being a welfare drain and leeches on society. The children grow up with the message that they are an accident or unwanted and the cycle of self-hatred repeats itself. Planned Parenthood which helps mothers make VERY difficult decisions in heart-wrenching cases are not allowed to provide services which, I'm sure, no one really WANTS to use. How about, as a society, we love, support and honor ALL life, not only those that are convenient. Crack babies, unwanted/unplanned children, the poor, the mentally ill , rape victims and welfare mothers will be FORCED to have these children, wanted or not, and then live their lives berated by society as the vicious cycle repeats itself. Isn't this "gift of life" just precious? Maybe IF we really helped the poor, funded family planning, good nutrition programs, excellent early education and free opportunities to give a hand up, these children might have a chance at a better life. As it is, the welfare system and help for the poor is a Big Joke in Arizona and services are being cut as we speak. It is so hypocritical to force women to have children they can't afford and then pull out all the social rugs that might have helped to support them. Can't have it both ways. Love and Support these children or allow a woman to make the best and most caring choice she has at the time. Men just don't get to make these decisions for them that's what is inhumane. You hypocrites PREACH NO government intervention and then legislate morality.

Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2012
Article comment by: IT'S NOT ABOUT ABORTION

This is not about abortion, it's about the availability of women's health care.

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