Planned Parenthood sues AZ; hopes to stop new law

Planned Parenthood sues AZ; hopes to stop new law

CREATED Jul 17, 2012

Reporter:  Jessica Chapin

TUCSON (KGUN9- TV) - Arizona is facing yet another lawsuit over legislation.  Planned Parenthood is suing the state over a new law that blocks agencies providing certain kinds of abortions from any public money.

The law is set to take effect August 2, but Planned Parenthood hopes to stop it.  They argue it violates patients' rights.

"Our governor and extreme lawmakers continue to put ideology and politics before the health of Arizonans," said Planned Parenthood Arizona CEO Bryan Howard. 

Supporters of the law like Crisis Pregnancy Center director John Tabor says even though public money doesn't go directly toward abortion, the law bans indirectly funding the service.

"Anything that keeps funds out of one pocket of Planned Parenthood so they can use it for their abortion business, we're for," he said.

Brewer has also argued the law represents the will of the voters that they not fund any aspect of an agency that provides abortions.

9 On Your Side asked Howard how he responds.

"All the evidence points to the governor's position being a minority one," said Howard, "She is precisely wrong."

Howard pointed to their 3,000 Arizona AHCCCS patients who utilize their services, which include cancer screenings and disease testing and treatment.  He says they have a right to choose their health care services.

He also pointed to several similar laws blocked by Federal courts in states including Kansas, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.