United States District Judge Neil Wake has granted a temporary injunction to Planned Parenthood to halt the implementation of an Arizona law that would cut off all state funding from Planned Parenthood to prevent any money from leaking into abortion services.
Arizona Solicitor General David Cole told Reuters that “It’s not the result we would have hoped, but it’s not a ruling on the merits [of the law].” That hearing will take place next month.
Planned Parenthood freely admits that about 3% of its operation involves abortion services, but the funding for those services comes completely from private donations and not from state or Federal funding. The right wing refuses to believe that. Planned Parenthood is the primary care source for over two million women a year, many of them on Medicaid, all of them in financial difficulty. They provide screenings for breast and cervical cancer, family planning services and birth control. The prevent abortions by preventing unwanted pregnancies.
But in the past two years, over a dozen states have tried to defund Planned Parenthood, and bills have been introduced in Congress to do the same.
One step at a time, one restrictive law about square footage at a clinic at a time, one law about doctor admission to a hospital’s acceptable list, one defunding at a time, the right wing is trying to eliminate legal abortion in America.
The rate of abortions in Argentina, where it is illegal, is 2.6 times as high as in America.