Planned Parenthood Funding Banned by Arizona Law

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The Associated Press reports that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed into law a bill that cuts off funding for non-abortion services at Planned Parenthood, eliminating funding for the organization. The law comes from Arizona's Republican-led Legislature, which says the measure ensures no public funds would benefit abortion services.

In April, Arizona passed a law barring state funding of abortions, except when the mother's life is threatened. The state also requires an ultrasound within 24 hours of the procedure, and has banned abortions after 20 weeks.

The Idaho Legislature proposed a bill that would also require an ultrasound prior to an abortion, considered during the 2012 Legislative Session, leading to protests against the Republican majority there.

Critics called the effort a move to disenfranchise women, with Planned Parenthood Arizona stressing that a funding ban would interrupt other services, like women's health and family planning services, and will consider a legal challenge.

Planned Parenthood Arizona claims a funding ban would interrupt its preventive health care and family planning services for nearly 20,000 women served by the organization's clinics. The organization says it will consider a legal challenge.

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