Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Signs Legislation Defunding $200,000 From Planned Parenthood

The provision will end abortion providers’ practice of charging the government up to 10 times the actual cost for reimbursement of the cost of medications provided to Medicaid recipients.

By Rachel Alexander Published on May 14, 2016

Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey, who has championed conservative causes since entering office in 2015, signed a budget bill this week that eliminates $200,000 in spending for Planned Parenthood.

According to The News & Observer,

The budget also contains a provision that is expected to hurt the bottom line of abortion providers by limiting their ability to generate revenue from a federally mandated low-cost drug program. The provision originally limited access to hospitals and other providers but was narrowed to include just some community health centers, including Planned Parenthood.

The provision will end abortion providers’ practice of charging the government up to ten times the actual cost for reimbursement of the cost of medications provided to Medicaid recipients.
The restriction was added as an amendment to the budget bill last week. Licensed hospitals and outpatient facilities owned or operated by a licensed hospital are exempt.
Live Action News reports this is not a new phenomenon: Abortion providers in other states also overbill state government for these medications.
This come just a few weeks after Governor Ducey signed other pro-life bills into law. “One bill makes it illegal to give and receive donated fetal tissue,” Fox News reported. “Another limits the time in which a woman can take the abortion pill and the other limits monetary donations state employees can make to Planned Parenthood.”
Last year, he signed legislation requiring abortion providers to tell patients they can take steps to reverse a drug-abortion.
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