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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:22 AM

Judge overturns Arizona law barring Planned Parenthood funding

Source: Reuters

Judge overturns Arizona law barring Planned Parenthood funding

By David Schwartz
PHOENIX | Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:06pm EST

(Reuters) - A federal judge has overturned an Arizona law that sought to block funding through the state for Planned Parenthood's healthcare clinics because the group also performs abortions.

U.S. District Court Judge Neil Wake ruled that the controversial measure signed into law last May by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican, unlawfully robs individuals on Medicaid of the ability to choose healthcare services.

"The Arizona Act violates the freedom of choice provision of the Medicaid Act precisely because every Medicaid beneficiary has the right to select any qualified health care provider," Wake ruled in a decision released on Friday.

Wake had put the Arizona law on a temporary hold in October following a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood, blocking the state from cutting off Medicaid funding for family planning and health services by the organization and other groups performing abortions.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/12/us-usa-abortion-arizona-idUSBRE91A15920130212

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Eugene Feb 2013 OP
Overseas Feb 2013 #1
They_Live Feb 2013 #2
Coyotl Feb 2013 #3
goclark Feb 2013 #4
goclark Feb 2013 #5
progressoid Feb 2013 #6
HappyMe Feb 2013 #7
BrotherIvan Feb 2013 #8
Proud Liberal Dem Feb 2013 #9
GObamaGO Feb 2013 #10

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 09:17 AM

1. K&R. Glad to hear it.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 09:54 AM

2. One would think that this would apply

In Texas, and any other state attacking Planned Parenthood. I'm thinkin'. And I'm hopin'.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 10:04 AM

3. Lawmakers in Arizona have no clue about laws and how they work, it seems.

They are just playing at politics, not capable of doing the real work of understanding politics.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 10:07 AM

4. This shoud be a nobrainer

However -Rethugs live in an alternate universe . : (

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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 10:57 AM

6. Rec.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 11:04 AM

7. Good.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 11:31 AM

8. I hope this creates a precedent

that Planned Parent can use in other states. I am grateful to them for all they do.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:41 PM

9. Whoops

Republicans tried the same gambit in Indiana and had the same outcome. Ex-gov Daniels assured us that there were plenty of "alternatives" to Planned Parenthood too when he signed the law, except his Administration couldn't really provide any (and last time I checked, "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" don't count).

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:39 PM

10. The cries of "Activist Judge" from the right will commence in 3...2...1...

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