PHOENIX — Abortion foes at the Legislature are throwing up new roadblocks to Planned Parenthood being able to provide any services through the state’s Medicaid program.
HB 2599 would allow the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System to exclude any organization that “failed to segregate taxpayer dollars from abortions.” That would include not only direct expenses for doctors and other staff but also any overhead expenses, such as keeping the lights on.
The legislation approved by the House Wednesday on a 35-24 party line vote comes two years after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to give Arizona the go-ahead to cut off family planning funding to Planned Parenthood simply because the organization also provides abortions. The justices let stand lower court rulings that said singling out that organization for disparate treatment is illegal.
This new proposal by Rep. Justin Olson, R-Mesa, is a way to get around those rulings.