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Arizona Ban on Medicaid for Elective Abortions Blocked

An Arizona law prohibiting Medicaid funding for providers of elective abortions was temporarily blocked by a federal judge until a lawsuit over the law’s legality has been resolved.

U.S. District Judge Neil Wake in Phoenix yesterday granted a request by Planned Parenthood Arizona for a preliminary injunction. Planned Parenthood is likely to succeed on the merits of their claim that the Arizona law violates the freedom-of-choice provision of the federal law governing the Medicaid program, the judge said.