Planned Parenthood of Arizona v. Betlach
What's at Stake
The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood have filed a lawsuit challenging an Arizona law designed to prevent low-income women from obtaining health care from their provider of choice.
Under the law, low-income women with Medicaid insurance could lose access to pregnancy care, family planning services, and cancer screenings from their chosen provider. This a violation of clearly established Federal law, under which states may not prevent Medicaid recipients from obtaining care from their provider of choice, simply because that provider offers the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion.
The law singles out clinics and providers who offer abortion services from all other Medicaid providers. Federal law states clearly that states may not discriminate against a qualified healthcare provider simply because it also offers a legal medical service such as abortion
And the law applies complicated and vague conditions on providers that provide abortion services, leaving the providers vulnerable to arbitrary enforcement.
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief
Date Filed: 07/14/2016
Court: District Court (D. Ariz.)
Healthcare Providers Challenge Arizona Law Designed to Exclude Abortion Providers from State’s Medicaid Program