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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