Planned Parenthood Sues Arizona

    BURBANK, CA - APRIL 08:  Offices of Planned Parenthood are seen on April 8, 2011 in Burbank, California. Funding for Planned Parenthood is a contention in the budget debate between the Democrats and Republican lawmakers in Washington. There is a government shutdown looming if a budget is not passed before midnight.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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    Planned Parenthood filed suit against Arizona on Monday over a new state law that blocks funding for its abortion-providing clinics. Part of a larger, nationwide campaign against abortion that has been championed by social conservatives, the new law was signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in May and goes into effect on Aug. 2. Planned Parenthood contends the law violates Medicaid patients’ rights and will prevent low-income women from receiving care at their preferred provider. “The men and women of this state have the right to see the health-care provider they deem is best for them,” said Bryan Howard, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona. The state already blocks use of taxpayer money for abortion funding.

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