GOP lawmakers to try blocking Planned Parenthood funds again

Screengrab from http://www.plannedparenthood.org.
Screengrab from http://www.plannedparenthood.org.

PHOENIX (AP) -- Republican lawmakers in the Arizona Legislature are promising to try again to block all funding for Planned Parenthood.
 
Friday's announcement from Senate President Andy Biggs comes despite a 2014 decision from the U.S. Supreme Court that upheld rulings preventing Arizona from stopping non-abortion funding to the group.
 
The Republican-controlled Legislature has a long history of passing anti-abortion measures and Gov. Doug Ducey is a strong backer of the efforts. Biggs contends Planned Parenthood uses funds from non-abortion services to support its abortion services.
 
Planned Parenthood has received added scrutiny since anti-abortion activists released undercover videos last summer they say shows Planned Parenthood personnel negotiating the sale of fetal organs.
 
Planned Parenthood denies it profits from the practice.
 
Planned Parenthood-Arizona says it doesn't transfer fetal tissue and courts have already said Arizona can't cut its women's health care funding.


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