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"The law, signed by Governor Jan Brewer in May, is part of a national campaign against Planned Parenthood orchestrated by conservative Republican lawmakers who oppose abortion."

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer leaving the white House after a meeting with President Obama, 06/03/10. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer leaving the white House after a meeting with President Obama, 06/03/10. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)



Judge Blocks Arizona Law That Bars Funding To Planned Parenthood

By Tim Gaynor, Reuters

21 October 12

 

federal judge blocked Arizona on Friday from applying a new law that bars Planned Parenthood clinics from receiving money through the state to provide medical care because the women's health organization also performs abortions.

District Court Judge Neil Wake issued a temporary injunction after Planned Parenthood sued over the law, which would have cut off Medicaid funding for family planning and health services delivered by organizations offering abortions. Medicaid is a joint federal-state program that provides health care coverage for low-income people.

The law, signed by Governor Jan Brewer in May, is part of a national campaign against Planned Parenthood orchestrated by conservative Republican lawmakers who oppose abortion.

Planned Parenthood had argued in its lawsuit that it was wrong for the state to tell Arizonans who they can and cannot see for their health care, and the judge said the organization was likely to succeed on the merits of its case.

Arizona Solicitor General David Cole said the judge's ruling "did not come as a shock."

"It's not the result we would have hoped, but it's not a ruling on the merits," Cole told Reuters, noting that a hearing on the issues in the case would be held in early December.

Bryan Howard, the president of Planned Parenthood Arizona, called the ruling "a victory for poor women" in the state. With the ruling, their health care will not be interrupted while the case moves forward, he said.

"Today's ruling affirms what we have said all along: no woman should ever have to fear being cut off from her doctor's care because of shortsighted political games," Howard said in a statement.

The organization says abortions account for only 3 percent of its services, which include cancer screening and birth control.

In the past two years, conservative Republicans in more than a dozen states have taken steps to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, and the organization has filed lawsuits in at least six of them, including Arizona.

Arizona does not provide tax dollars for abortion, but backers said the law was needed to make sure that no indirect money was funneled to organizations like Planned Parenthood that provide abortion and other health services.

But officials at Planned Parenthood Arizona, the state's largest abortion provider, said the law meant that thousands of women in the state would go without life-saving cancer screenings, birth control and basic health care.

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+26 # Robert B 2012-10-21 09:49
Now she wears her skin like iron, and her breath's as hard as kerosene.
 
 
+32 # MarieLavoe 2012-10-21 10:19
Jan brewer is the epitome of rabid republicans who care nothing for poor women trying to get health care. Texas has done the same thing and were supposed to set up womens health care paid by the state however, that has gone array, so another lie by the republican led legistators and poor women are the losers.
 
 
+7 # KittatinyHawk 2012-10-21 19:29
Please do not put her into female gender. This evil shrew is of its own cult
With what I have read of this demented Gov I do believe this is a Whips and Chain sicko. Look at that face, probably all operations but they went the wrong way. Looks worse than any witch that was burned.
Reminds me of a eunuch or or something out of Hitler regime. I believe in spaying and neutering, hope it was done
 
 
+3 # dkonstruction 2012-10-22 14:34
Quoting KittatinyHawk:
Please do not put her into female gender. This evil shrew is of its own cult
With what I have read of this demented Gov I do believe this is a Whips and Chain sicko. Look at that face, probably all operations but they went the wrong way. Looks worse than any witch that was burned.
Reminds me of a eunuch or or something out of Hitler regime. I believe in spaying and neutering, hope it was done


What? Women can't be fascists too (or however you want to classify Jan Brewer)? Remember Margaret Thatcher or Jeane Kirkpatrick (just to name two)?

And, despite what you may believe, my guess is that the vast majority of the "whips and chain sickos" you refer to won't be voting Republican.

And, most witches that were burned were burned precisely because they were women and many because they were midwives and healers (who knew how to bring on abortions) and the church wanted this (medicine more broadly and "reproduction" in particular) to be in the control of men.
 
 
+2 # bingers 2012-10-23 08:17
dkon, during the convention in '76, call girls were interviewed as to whether they would rather have Republicans or democrats as clients. Almost every one said Democrats because they came had normal sex and left, while Republicans were into creepy weird sex which often ended up with them injured. So "my guess is that the vast majority of the "whips and chain sickos" you refer to won't be voting Republican." is almost certainly wrong.
 
 
+1 # dkonstruction 2012-10-24 11:57
Quoting bingers:
dkon, during the convention in '76, call girls were interviewed as to whether they would rather have Republicans or democrats as clients. Almost every one said Democrats because they came had normal sex and left, while Republicans were into creepy weird sex which often ended up with them injured. So "my guess is that the vast majority of the "whips and chain sickos" you refer to won't be voting Republican." is almost certainly wrong.


"normal" vs. "creepy wierd" is always in the eyes of the beholder....as long as it's consensual...ad ults should be able to do what they want...as for "call girls" or any other type of sex worker the issue is that if their profession were legal (not to mention unionized) they would have the same rights and protections as other workers and would not be at the mercy of abusive and exploitative pimps.
 
 
+21 # Old Man 2012-10-21 10:39
The Governor of Arizona is a real nut case, we can wait to get rid of her.
 
 
+4 # KittatinyHawk 2012-10-21 19:29
Please it is disguised as woman...it is not woman.
 
 
+33 # MainStreetMentor 2012-10-21 11:04
Her rants are iconic examples of the Tea Party's radical fanaticisim. There are mountains of unverified emotionalism, and miniscule portions of verifiable fact in most of what her party reguritates to the public - and Judge Neil Wake has done the Arizona populace a just and deserving service.
 
 
+11 # Bill Clements 2012-10-21 12:57
Well said.
 
 
+16 # AJJax 2012-10-21 15:12
this is about ideology, private practice losing a few patients to Planned Parenthood, regardless of using abortion as a straw man and rallying cry, and regardless of how many women who wouldn't otherwise have ANY healthcare are hurt or die from lack of it.
 
 
+3 # KittatinyHawk 2012-10-21 19:31
Not a Woman, not a facsimile of one.
 

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