FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2012
Contact: Mallory Quigley, 202-223-8073
Judge Blocks SBA List Legislation in Arizona
Washington, D.C. – Following a federal judge’s decision on Friday to issue a preliminary injunction blocking Arizona’s Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act (HB 2800), which would defund abortion providers including Planned Parenthood of taxpayer funding, Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) President Marjorie Dannenfelser offered the following comment:
“Over the last two years Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, has been able to rely only on the courts and the Obama Administration to buck the grassroots momentum to defund them of taxpayer dollars. Despite misinformation from the highest levels – including President Obama’s recent repetition of the falsehood that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms – more and more Americans are coming to the conclusion that this abortion-centered business does not need or deserve taxpayer dollars.
“President Obama touts his top political ally as a friend of women and young girls, but the numbers tell a different story. In 2010, Planned Parenthood performed over 329,000 abortions, making up 91 percent of their pregnancy services. For every adoption referral, Planned Parenthood performed 392 abortions. Planned Parenthood even opposes commonsense parental notification laws aimed at protecting young girls in abusive situations. That’s not options counseling or looking out for the best interests of women, that’s a profit-driven abortion mill – and taxpayers across the country want out. The President is ignoring the American people at his own peril.”
Governor Jan Brewer signed HB 2800 into law in May and the law was promptly challenged by Planned Parenthood. In October, the Department of Justice filed a brief aimed at overturning HB 2800. Attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom, which co-authored the legislation with the SBA List, are assisting state Solicitor General David Cole in the defense of the law.
Under the law, family planning funds are prioritized away from abortion-centered businesses like Planned Parenthood to entities that provide comprehensive health care.
The Susan B. Anthony List, and its affiliated Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, are dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates that will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List will emphasize the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women. The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.