PHOENIX — A federal appeals court has ruled against an Arizona law that
disqualified Planned Parenthood and other health providers that perform
abortions from receiving public funds for other medical services.
Supporters of the law said it would ensure that no public money subsidizes
abortion and argued that the state had broad power to determine that Planned
Parenthood and other providers of abortion services were not qualified Medicaid
However, Thursday’s ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court
of Appeals in San Francisco agreed with U.S. District Judge Neil Wake that
Arizona’s law violated federal Medicaid law by not allowing patients to freely
choose a qualified medical provider.
Opponents, including Planned Parenthood, said it would disrupt care for people
who need other services such as cancer screenings.