Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Signs Budget That Will Defund Planned Parenthood, Cutting $200,000

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 10, 2016   |   1:53PM   |   Phoenix, AZ

Arizona lawmakers approved a state budget that is sure to displease the nation’s biggest abortion business and now pro-life Governor Doug Ducey has signed it into law. As Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod explains to it will cut Planned Parenthood funding $200,000:

Lawmakers passed a budget that includes sensible legislation to strip special interest groups of deceitful privileges. No longer will health clinics like Planned Parenthood be allowed to gouge taxpayers by charging the government up to ten times the cost of medication.

Planned Parenthood admits that such action will have a ‘significant’ impact on their bottom line, and estimates show the abortion giant will lose a minimum of $200,000 in taxpayer money per year now that they can no longer bilk the system.

Additionally, legislators empowered the state to take action against those who may abuse the Medicaid program. Through the Taxpayer Protection and Medicaid Integrity Act, violators can be removed from the program altogether. Working families deserve to know that their hard-earned dollars are being used prudently and not being wasted.

Herrod said the state legislature also took action to prevent the abortion company from lying to women about the risks and dangers associated with the mifeprisetone (RU 486) abortion pill and to stop the abortion corporation from selling the body parts of aborted babies:

Most heartening are the steps taken this year to protect life and care for women. Too many women have suffered anguish at the hands of the abortion industry. Regret is sometimes instantaneous. Abortion providers can no longer lie or hide potentially life-saving information about the abortion pill.

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It took legal action for Planned Parenthood to admit the first of two prescribed abortion pills is as little as 20% effective. If a woman changes her mind before taking the second pill, abortion doctors are now required to inform the woman of the low efficacy and refer her to a physician.

This, on the heels of an historic law signed by Governor Ducey earlier in the year that prohibited the sale and research of aborted baby body parts. Abortion providers in Arizona will no longer be able to peddle aborted remains for profit.

We applaud the pro-life legislators and governor who stood with women and families this session and boldly passed humane laws.

The budget, which takes effect July 1, received approval from the legislature last week.