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Sorry Arizona, SCOTUS Says You Can’t Stop Funding Planned Parenthood Over Abortion

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Posted on Feb 26, 2014

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The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Grand Canyon State (lately known more for its racist, bigoted laws than the breathtaking national wonder) can’t deny the health care provider funding for family planning just because it provides abortions, as Arizona had attempted to do. Looks like misogynist lawmakers will have to find another way to deny women their rights.

Arizona Daily Star:

Without comment the justices rejected a bid by attorneys for the state and a privately financed anti-abortion group to overturn lower court rulings to the contrary. [The] decision ends the battle.

Both Arizona and federal laws already bar the use of public funds for abortions that are not medically necessary.

But the state, as part of its participation in the federal Medicaid program, provides family planning services for needy women. The federal government pays 90 percent, with the state covering the balance.

Medicaid law also permits eligible women to choose from any qualified provider, which has included Planned Parenthood.

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