Arizona’s Attorney General Tom Horne is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the ruling issued by the liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that an Arizona law passed as HB 2800 — stripping Medicaid funding from abortion providers — is unconstitutional.
Horne argues that Arizona has a right to deny Medicaid funding to abortion providers.
Planned Parenthood, Arizona’s largest abortion provider, will receive more than $1.5 billion in Medicaid subsidies, enabling abortion funding in direct contravention of the will of Arizona taxpayers, through the actions of their elected legislative representatives.
The same circuit court ruled that the Arizona law and another challenge brought by Attorney General Horne and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery (Isaacson v. Horne) banning most abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy (HB 2036) is also unconstitutional. In that case, the court reversed the ruling of then-Presiding U.S. (AZ) District Court Judge James Teilborg.
Horne, whose job it is to defend these laws, wants clarity in these fundamental life issues.
This March 27 post provides background regarding the expansion of funding for abortion providers. No wonder statewide GOP Legislative Districts have passed resolutions in opposition to Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid Expansion in support of Obamacare.