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Updated Nov 20, 2013 - 5:41 pm

AZ asks Supreme Court to revive anti-abortion law

PHOENIX — Arizona is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a state law
that disqualifies abortion providers from receiving funding for other medical
services they provide.

The appeal filed by Attorney General Tom Horne on Wednesday seeks to overturn a
Phoenix federal judge’s ruling blocking the 2012 law. That ruling was upheld by
an appeals court in August.

The law disqualified Planned Parenthood and other health providers that perform
abortions from receiving public funds.

Supporters say the law would ensure that no public money subsidizes abortion
and argued that the state had broad power to determine abortion services
providers were not qualified Medicaid providers.

The Supreme Court in May refused to revive a similar law in Indiana that also
has been blocked.


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