Considering the multitude of anti-choice and anti-rights measures that have passed the Arizona state legislature this session, including the country’s earliest so-called fetal pain ban, it should not be surprising to learn that the state senate has approved a ban on all funding to Planned Parenthood, despite the fact that the provider does not use public dollars for abortions.
According to the Associated Press, if signed, the ban will reportedly leave nearly 20,000 Arizona women with disrupted or unavailable health services, including birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing.
The bill will now head to the desk of Republican Governor Jan Brewer, who is expected to sign it. It will likely then be challenged by the Obama Administration, which would strip the state’s Medicare funding, and another court battle will ensue.
And yet again low income and uninsured women lose out to politicians trying to score points.