April 25, 2012 Print

Arizona Lawmakers Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood

by Karla Dial

The Arizona Senate voted 18-8 Tuesday to pass a bill prioritizing state funding for women’s health centers that don’t provide abortions.

HB 2800 was passed by the state House of Representatives on a 41-17-2 vote in early March, and will soon head to Gov. Jan Brewer, who is expected to sign it.

“Planned Parenthood’s abortion-centered business model does not need or deserve taxpayer dollars,” said Marilyn Musgrave, vice president of government affairs for the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List, which was one of two groups providing model legislation on which HB 2800 is based.

Steven H. Aden, senior counsel at the Alliance Defense Fund, which was also involved with the model legislation, agreed.

“The hard-earned tax money of Arizonans shouldn’t be funneled to groups that perform abortions,” he said. “This law ensures that public funds will not be used to subsidize the activities of organizations like Planned Parenthood that have demonstrated, nationwide, that they care more about their bottom line than they do about women or the proper use of taxpayer money.”

Though a federal push to defund Planned Parenthood fell flat last year, Arizona joins a growing list of states that have done so: In 2011, eight states redirecting a combined $61.7 million away from abortion sellers, according to SBA List. And this year, Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio and Oklahoma have passed bills defunding Planned Parenthood and others.

Read Arizona HB 2800.



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