Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law Friday a bill blocking all state funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers (because, you know, that’s working out so well for Texas …). The Republican-backed bill, delightfully named the “Whole Women’s Health Funding Priority Act,” would cut off funding for family planning and gynecological health services provided by any organization that also performs abortions, even though such organizations are already prohibited from using government money to fund abortion services.
“By signing this measure into law I stand with the majority of Americans who oppose the use of taxpayer funds for abortion,” Brewer said in a statement, despite the fact that—hey, let’s just repeat it one more time, okay?—taxpayer funds are already prohibited from being used for abortions.
Still, say backers, the very fact that organizations that sometimes perform abortions might receive government money to help poor women get pap smears and IUDs is an affront on morality, clearly (can you say baby with the bath water?).
“Abortion-centered businesses like Planned Parenthood do not need or deserve taxpayer dollars,” Marilyn Musgrave, vice president of government affairs for anti-abortion group the Susan B. Anthony List, said.
Arizona is the seventh state to pass a law like this, following the lead of Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin and New Hampshire. Four of those states, however, are facing legal challenges.