Arizona budget cuts Planned Parenthood funding

PHOENIX (AP) -- Planned Parenthood Arizona says a provision in the proposed state budget would cut off about $2 million in federal funding it now uses to provide birth control and cancer screening services to women across the state.

Planned Parenthood President Bryan Howard says the cuts may jeopardize health centers in west and north Phoenix, Mesa, Flagstaff and Tucson. None of the money pays for any abortion services.

The provision requires the state to apply to oversee federal family planning money and bars it from allowing any of that money to flow to an abortion provider.

Republican House Speaker J.D. Mesnard says it has been the policy of the GOP majority in the Legislature to try to limit funding for Planned Parenthood.

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