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Arizona Moves To De-Fund Planned Parenthood

Arizona Moves To De-Fund Planned Parenthood

Arizona is following Texas’ lead by going after funding for Planned Parenthood.

Last week an Arizona Senate panel approved HB 2800, a bill that strips state funding from any group like Planned Parenthood that performs abortions. The vote in the Arizona Senate Committee on Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform was along party-lines and after support for similar legislation cleared the Arizona House earlier this month.

If the bill is passed by the full Senate, and there’s reason to believe it will be, Sen. Jan Brewer (R) has promised to sign the bill into law.

Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona is running for Arizona’s open U.S. Senate seat criticized the bill as “extremely misguided” and “detrimental to the health and safety of women.”

Arizona law already prohibits using tax dollars for abortion, so this move will only accomplish taking away necessary preventative health care services from poor women. Which, it seems, is precisely the point.

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7:23PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

Thank you.

7:22PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

Thank you.

10:40AM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

planned parenthood is called "planned parenthood" for a reason. Yes, they assist and help with un-planned pregnancies, as well as many women with planned pregnancies. i agree Arizona is on its way back to the 1800's, all they are doing is punishing every women who had a doctor at the clinics that are being de-funded. Other OBGYN's perform termination of pregnancy, not just planned parenthood. Are we going to shut down all clinics? What goes on between a patient and their doctor is their business, i dont know how things got to this.

3:52AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

John, bear false witness much?

Planned Parenthood doesn't "promote" any kind of abortion, let alone the kind of fantasy abortion you describe.

Planned Parenthood also doesn't promote eugenics and promiscuity. This suggestion is absurd.

Planned Parenthood's efforts to provide easy access to birth control actually reduces the number of abortions.

We know from the history before Roe v Wade that there will be abortions whether they are legal or not. The wealthy would continue to have safe, clean abortions while the poor will be subjected to unsafe, life-threatening abortions.

Read John Irving's Cider House Rules. The book is MUCH better than the movie.

4:58PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

Planned Parenthood promotes as acceptable the brutal dismembering of children, limb, by limb, as they scream in terror, within the sanctuary of their own mother's womb. Without legal defence, anaesthetic, judge, jury or trial.

These poor souls suffer even the indignity of being discarded to a trash heap - they receive not even the honour of an unknown grave. This injustice is not tolerated for the corpses of criminals after punishment for their crimes.

This is absolutely horrendous (even worse perhaps is the willing blindness which fails to perceive their agenda).

All while promoting the deception that it is perfectly acceptable to do so and disseminating disparaging myths about those who would stand in their way.

Finally, as if this was not enough, they promote eugenics and promiscuity and all manner of living which is contrary to the survival of our race in favour of other species.

In my view, any good that they do provide to society (if any) is but a meticulously disguised front to assist in their devious agenda.

Who, in good, well informed conscience, could support them?

6:41PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Not a smart move....

1:51PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Arizona is leading the nation...back to the 1800's.

2:55AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

I am sorry to hear about your friend. It is tragic when young girls feel too embarrassed or ashamed to talk to their parents or others. I think it is better with society now, where people are not so judgemental. Most parents finish up being alright, even if they are upset to start with, I have found in my work.
Two of my sisters had teen pregnancy, one still at school. It was back in the 1980s and they were both scared, especially the first one. Her friend's sister had an abortion without her parents knowing. My sister thought about it, because she was so scared. I said to be careful that she didn't do something she might regret the rest of her life. I told her that if Mum and Dad kicked her out I'd get a flat and help her, that it was going to be alright. Even though I was rather scared myself for her. Some people weren't kind.
Long story short! She had her baby, kept her baby and with my parents support.
Her friend also became pregnant, unlike her sister, she decided to have her baby and is married with more children now. There was just my sister and her daughter. She died of a brain aneurysm 7yrs ago. Her daughter has a wonderful husband and two beautiful children of her own now. So it can work out differently than your poor friends situation.
I sometimes feel this is what happens to women who have abortions also, people are unkind to them. I will always care for them, I stand for life for everyone.

8:04PM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Roseanne, It is precisely for the reasons you mentionewd that I think there is no place for government in the decision to have an abortion or not. Obviously, the woman will sufer the consequences of that decision, but so will the rest of the family. If there are consequences for the decision, the "government" will not be in Heaven (I don't think!)

In high school, I had a very good and precious friend. We went to different colleges. Her first year of college, she was impregnated by her boy friend. She was too embarrassed to tell her parents. The boy friend found some one to perform an abortion -- an old lady with no medical training, but plenty of experience giving abortions. My friend went to her in a back-alley hotel in the French Quarter of New Orleans! The lady punctured my friend's uterus with the coat hanger she used and my friend bled to death in that back-alley hotel.

I may have tried to talk my friend out of having an abortion-- but, ultimately, it was her decision to make and no one else's. But, if my friend would have decided to go ahead with it, I would have insisted that it be done by trained medical personnel in a clean medical faculity! The issue now, is not over whether abortions are legal or not. They are. The issue is who pays for them. I think the abortion issue is an extremely poor issue to base the election of a President on.

3:47PM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

In thinking more I do know why. What must it be like to hear the truth of human development before birth when you had an abortion or love someone who had one?
When you feel condemned by those who speak of protecting the life of a child before birth.
When you're not supposed to feel anything, because the baby wasn't supposed to be a real baby. When you were supposed to be grateful for the service. Do you go to abortion agencies no!
When others condemn your actions as being wrong, who do you talk to about how you feel?
Where do you go to cry, to remember or try not to think about it?

The little garden I established at our cemetery is a place for ALL mothers to go to remember their children, regardless of how they came to die. For ALL the babies to be remembered together - they were all the same ages. It was to reach out to the women trapped in the middle of it all, wounded in the battle. I paid a price that I would pay over again to stand up for ALL to be included. I still think about the letters I received from the women, especially the ones who suffered through abortion! That is why I stand up against it, because I care about the women, as well as the babies!

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