Abortion law in AZ illegal, Justice Dept. says in filing
PHOENIX - The state has picked up a new, powerful foe in its effort to deny any public funds to Planned Parenthood for family planning services: the United States government.
In court filings, the Department of Justice is telling U.S. District Judge Neil Wake a law approved earlier this year aimed at cutting off all government funds to Planned Parenthood - even for non-abortion services - violates federal laws. Assistant Attorney General Joseph Mead said those laws clearly allow Medicaid recipients who would be affected to choose to get care from any qualified provider.
He said the state statute would essentially render half a dozen Medicaid regulations “meaningless.”