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AZ House gives initial OK to anti-abortion measure

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Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012 1:04 pm

PHOENIX (AP) — Abortion providers in Arizona would be barred from receiving federal government funding through the state for family planning services under a bill given preliminary approval by the state House on Friday.

State law already prohibits use of tax dollars to fund abortions but Phoenix Republican Rep. Kimberly Yee said the bill is meant to cut off what she called "backdoor funding" for abortions that are morally objectionable to many taxpayers.

Planned Parenthood Arizona is the state's largest provider. It says the loss of federal funding would decrease availability of cancer screenings and other non-abortion services for thousands of low-income women.

House passage of the bill on a formal vote would send the bill to the Senate.

Other states have already approved similar bans. Kansas' law faces a court challenge.

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