Arizona Gov. Signs Bill Ending “loop holes” on Funding of Abortion

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

By Dave Andrusko

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the “Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act” into law Friday night,” a billthat “closes loopholes in order to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions, whether directly or indirectly,”  Brewer said in a statement issued after she signed House Bill 2800.

“By signing this measure into law, I stand with the majority of Americans who oppose the use of taxpayer funds for abortion,” Brewer added.

“I think it’s also instructive that the place that the governor would sign this is at a political rally,” Bryan Howard, president of Planned Parenthood of Arizona, told the Arizona Republic, “ and that speaks volumes about what this legislation was about from day one.”

House Bill 2800 provides that neither the state nor any political subdivision of the state “may . . . enter into a contract with or make a grant to” abortion providers for family-planning services. Further, “subject to any applicable requirements of federal law, regulations or guidelines,” the law establishes a priority system for entities that may receive family-planning funding.

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