Betlach v. Planned Parenthood Arizona

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Description:  Planned Parenthood Arizona filed a lawsuit against H.B. 2800, the “Whole Woman’s Healthcare Funding Prioritization Act,” which prevents taxpayer dollars from funding abortions and prioritizes family planning funds to health care entities that best provide comprehensive health care to women.

US Supreme Court declines to hear lawsuit over taxpayer funding of abortions in Ariz.

Monday, February 24, 2014

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden, special assistant attorney general in defense of Arizona’s Whole Woman’s Healthcare Funding Prioritization Act, regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday to let stand a U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruling that struck down the act:

“Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize the work of abortionists. Arizona should be free to enforce its public interest against the taxpayer funding of abortion and in favor of the best health care for women, which is what this law sought to do. We are disappointed that the Supreme Court did not decide to weigh in on that principle. Arizonans deserve the best policies and laws possible to protect both their money and their health.”

In November, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne asked the high court to review the case, Betlach v. Planned Parenthood Arizona. Horne appointed Aden to work together with Arizona Solicitor General Robert Ellman in defense of the law.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Previous news releases:

  • 2013-11-20: Ariz. to US Supreme Court: Taxpayers shouldn't be forced to fund abortion
  • 2013-06-11: Ariz. seeks to stop taxpayer funding of abortion
  • 2012-10-04: Will court dismiss lawsuit against AZ's "Whole Woman's Healthcare" act?

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