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Arizona to pursue Planned Parenthood appeal

PHOENIX — A U.S. Supreme Court decision not to consider reversing an
appeals court ruling blocking Indiana from cutting Medicaid funds to Planned
Parenthood won’t stop Arizona from appealing a similar ruling.

The Arizona Legislature passed a law last year blocking funding for
non-abortion health care provided by Planned Parenthood doctors and clinics
because the group also provides abortions. U.S. District Court Judge Neil Wake
blocked that law in February, ruling it violates Medicaid law.

The Arizona attorney general’s office is appealing to the 9th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals. A spokeswoman said that continues despite Tuesday’s Supreme
Court decision that upheld a 7th Circuit ruling blocking Indiana’s law.

Wake noted the Indiana ruling in his decision.

He ordered Arizona to pay $215,000 to Planned Parenthood for legal fees on May


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