Judge considers Arizona law on Planned Parenthood

By PAUL DAVENPORT

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge is expressing unease about allowing enforcement of a new Arizona law barring public funding for general health care services provided by abortion clinics and doctors.

District Judge Neil Wake held a hearing Friday on a request by Planned Parenthood and others to not let the law take effect.

At stake is whether abortion providers will continue to be paid for cancer screenings and other non-abortion services provided to low-income patients.

The law's supporters say the state is entitled to set qualifications for providers to make sure there's no indirect subsidy for abortions.

Wake questioned whether letting the ban take effect pending a trial would have practical effects of not allowing women to choose their health care providers and denying care to some.

He didn't rule immediately.

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