Arizona Governor Rejects Plea to Go After Planned Parenthood Again


Arizona spent much of the last few legislative sessions passing the most restrictive abortion and family planning policies in the country. But after the 2012 omnibus bill—a package of new laws that included among many other things the earliest abortion ban in the country at that time—the state went strangely silent.

Now, the silence has been broken. The local conservative and anti-choice policy group Center for Arizona Policy has inserted itself into the debate over Medicaid expansion by demanding that Republican Governor Jan Brewer insert a new ban on any family planning funding dollars going to Planned Parenthood affiliates.

Surprisingly, Brewer refused to do it.

“We went down that route last year. We lost,” reporter Howard Fisher of the Capitol Times reports her saying. According to Fisher, “The governor said she sees no reason to pick a new fight now—only to get slapped down again in court.”

Brewer is referring to the court battle over their previous law barring Planned Parenthood from receiving any funding for family planning or health care services. In February the federal court granted a permanent injunction, saying that the state does not have the ability to tell women what providers they are allowed to go to in order to access reproductive health care.

Brewer has taken their words to heart. If only more anti-choicers would do the same.

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  • radicalhw

    A moment of sanity in Arizona? Halleloooo!

  • VA2468

    I’m glad I was sitting down, because you could have knocked me over with a feather.

  • squiggysmom1

    Republicans are beginning to soft-pedal their uncompromising agendas now that the 2014 elections are hovering. We’ve seen several big name Republicans seeming to play hands-across-the-aisle, making small concessions to causes such as marriage equality and birth control. Don’t believe them for a second. All they want to do is retain their seats and are not above lying to their own voters, misleading, creating conspiracy theories and planning down and dirty election strategies.. Don’t be fooled- if they do get re-elected, they will be right back to their old uncompromising positions. We have to stop them at the voting polls.