Federal judge temporarily blocks new Arizona law to defund Planned Parenthood Max Slater at 10:09 AM ET
[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Friday enjoined Arizona from implementing a public funding law [HB 2800, PDF] that prohibits funding for health clinics that perform abortions. Judge Neil Wake declared [Reuters report] that the law may harm women who rely on such facilities for health services other than abortion. The temporary injunction was issued as a result of a lawsuit filed in July [JURIST report] by Planned Parenthood Arizona (PPA) [advocacy website] arguing that the law deprives women of several constitutional rights and violates federal law regarding Medicaid patient rights by restricting options in choosing a physician. Arizona Solicitor General David Cole stated [AP report] that while he was disappointed with the court's decision to issue the injunction, he expects that Arizona will eventually win the case on its merits. The court is expected to hold another hearing on the case in early December.
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