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Planned Parenthood sues Ariz. over funding law

(AP) PHOENIX - Planned Parenthood Arizona is suing to try to block enforcement of a new Arizona law that would bar abortion providers from receiving public funding for health services other than abortion.

The abortion provider sued state officials Monday in federal court in Phoenix.

The suit contends the new law taking effect Aug. 2 violates federal law on Medicaid patients' rights and also several constitutional rights.

A spokeswoman for Arizona's Medicaid program says officials haven't yet seen the suit and cannot immediately comment.

Arizona already bars using public money for abortion, but supporters of the new law have said they wanted to make sure the state provides no indirect support for abortion.

Planned Parenthood says the real impact would be to disrupt care for people needing its other services.

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