Democracy Now: Arizona Enacts Ban on Public Funds for Groups That Provide Abortions


Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed into law a measure banning the use of public funds by state or local government to contract with any organization that provides abortions as one of its services. Planned Parenthood of Arizona said the ban targets their organization, which provides cancer screenings and well-woman exams in addition to abortions. A similar ban targeting Planned Parenthood in Texas has been blocked by a federal appeals court following a legal tussle last week that saw the rule blocked, then reinstated, in a matter of hours. The law in Arizona comes less than one month after Brewer signed a controversial measure banning abortion after 20 weeks gestation — or 18 weeks post-fertilization — except in medical emergencies.

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~ by wheresthemic on May 8, 2012.

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