Federal District Courts Rule in Favor of Women’s Health and Planned Parenthood
Web Producer: Ashley Guttuso
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Today, United States District Judge Neil Wake made a ruling that prevents the state from enforcing a law that would disqualify Planned Parenthood and an independent ob/gyn from the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)/Medicaid because they provide safe and legal abortions.
Planned Parenthood filed suit to protect access for thousands of Arizona women to their health care providers and argued that the state law conflicts with the federal Medicaid statute, which protects patients’ right to make their own decisions about health care providers, and argued that it is unconstitutional.
The District Court agreed that Planned Parenthood would probably succeed because of the freedom of those enrolled in Medicaid to choose their health care provider. The judge also agreed that the law would be harmful for women’s health if enacted, writing “PPAZ provides health care services to many Medicaid patients in areas underserved by other health care providers who may have difficulty securing alternative care. Ensuring that more than 3,000 Medicaid patients have continuity of health care services during the pendency of this case is in the public interest.”