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Updated Apr 12, 2012 - 5:58 pm

Bill targeting Planned Parenthood funding advances

PHOENIX - The Arizona Senate is poised to approve a bill that would bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal government funding through the state for non-abortion health services.

The Senate gave preliminary approval to the bill Thursday. Approval by a formal vote would complete legislative action on the bill, which was approved by the House on March 5.

State law already prohibits using tax dollars to fund abortions, but supporters say the bill is needed to cut off indirectly funding for organizations that provide abortions that are morally objectionable to many taxpayers.

Opponents say the bill would interrupt preventative health care for thousands of low-income women served by Planned Parenthood clinics, particularly in rural areas.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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