Planned Parenthood Suing Arizona
Organization aims to block defunding law
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2012 2:34 AM CDT
Bryan Howard, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona, poses in front of a Planned Parenthood facility in Tucson.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(Newser) – Planned Parenthood's newest legal battle with conservative Republicans is in Arizona, where it is suing to block a law defunding its health clinics because it also performs abortions. The organization says the law, which is set to go into effect Aug. 2, could leave thousands of low-income women without access to cancer screenings and birth control, reports the Hill. Planned Parenthood, which has won injunctions in five states with similar laws, says it is fighting in court and in legislatures in nearly every state in the country.

"The Republican Party leadership is on a crusade to end birth-control access in America," charges the president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. But the issue wasn't always so partisan, notes Reuters. The wife of conservative icon Barry Goldwater was a co-founder of Phoenix's Planned Parenthood in the 1930s and Goldwater himself arranged for an illegal abortion for his teenage daughter in the '50s. "To see the funding be taken away—it 's just ignorance; it's unbelievable," says Goldwater's granddaughter, a trustee for Planned Parenthood in Arizona.

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Jul 18, 2012 10:54 AM CDT
Why do republicans hate America? The constitution clearly states that religion & Politics should be kept separate, yet they try again & again to defy/circumvent said constitution while lying about the fact they are doing it because it's "Christian" yet the ONLY time abortion is mentioned in the Bible is to list the ingredients required to make one happen. It's SICK!
Jul 18, 2012 9:57 AM CDT
As I've said before, the Republicans will move Heaven and Earth to protect a fetus from conception to birth. But after that, if that child needs medical help, it's a hearty 'Fuck you!' from the GOP.
Jul 18, 2012 8:33 AM CDT
Abortion is a legal alternative and a woman's choice so all you religious freaks need to stay in your own boat the last time I checked it was a free country of laws not your beliefs. The religious freaks act like their beliefs should be laws and that's pretty narrow minded and not going to happen so get over it.