COMMENTARY | Until or unless Roe v. Wade is overturned, abortion remains a legal medical procedure in this country. According to Reuters, that fact didn't stop Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday from signing a bill that prohibits abortion providers like Planned Parenthood from receiving money from the state.
Proponents of the Republican-supported new law, the Whole Woman's Health Funding Priority Act, state it will add an extra layer to ensuring that no indirect taxpayer funding goes to abortion. It doesn't seem to matter Arizona and the rest of the nation already fall under the Hyde Amendment which, as the ACLU explains, prohibits federal Medicaid for most abortion services. It doesn't matter the courts in Arizona have stated there is a "broad and independent protection for reproductive choice and have ordered nondiscriminatory public funding of abortion."
And it doesn't seem to matter that Planned Parenthood provides a lot of other services that are useful to society. Birth control, yes. And cancer screening exams. It doesn't matter Medicaid will pay for a whole bunch of other legal medical procedures or that the benefits of funding these kinds of services far outweigh the risks. It doesn't even matter that this issue has been hashed and re-hashed so many times.
Arizona is one of seven states that now have laws prohibiting government funding to providers who offer abortion services. More than half of those states are facing legal challenges to those laws and all that seems to matter is the hysterical, often religious talking point that taxpayer money might be used to fund an abortion. And that, to a lot of people in this country, abortion is not a legal medical procedure, no matter what federal law says.
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