Arizona is the latest state to ban state funding of groups that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood, Reuters reports.
Governor Jan Brewer signed the Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act into law May 4, making Arizona the seventh state to pass such legislation, according to the news service, which adds that half of those states are being challenged legally.
“By signing this measure into law, I stand with the majority of Americans who oppose the use of taxpayer funds for abortion,” Brewer said in a statement, Reuters reports.
Planned Parenthood officials say the law will keep thousands of women in Arizona from receiving all kinds of health care services, the news service adds.
“We are most concerned about the women and men who could be forced to go without health care as a result of this bill,” Planned Parenthood Arizona president and CEO Bryan Howard said in a statement reported by the news service. “We remain committed to providing Arizona communities with the professional, nonjudgmental and confidential health care they have relied on for 78 years.”
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