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Planned Parenthood Arizona v. Betlach

Planned Parenthood Arizona v. Betlach

Federal court challenge to an Arizona law that prohibits public family planning funds from going to abortion providers or entities affiliated with abortion providers. In October 2012, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona granted a preliminary injunction preventing the law from taking effect. In February 2013, the district court struck down the law and held that it impermissibly disqualified a class of providers from the state’s Medicaid Program. In August 2013, the district court’s ruling was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Final Outcome: In February 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the state’s Petition for a Writ of Certiorari, and the law remains permanently enjoined. (See the law here. See the 2012 court opinion here. See the 2013 district court opinion here and the 9th Circuit opinion here.)