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PHOENIX– Planned Parenthood Arizona is concerned that Governor Brewer signed House Bill 2800, intended to reduce access to preventive health care for thousands of Arizonans.


We are most concerned about the women and men who could be forced to go without health care as a result of this bill,” says Bryan Howard, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona. “We remain committed to providing Arizona communities with the professional, nonjudgmental and confidential health care they have relied on for 78 years.”

The bill could block access to Planned Parenthood Arizona for thousands of low-income women relying on Planned Parenthood health centers for preventive care, including lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control and annual exams. This bill shows lawmakers and Governor Brewer are more interested in restricting health care access than representing Arizonans, as recent polling shows 78 percent of Arizonans favor state-funded family planning services for low-income women, including sex education and counseling services, women’s health services and birth control.


 “It is unfortunate that lawmakers continue to put ideology and politics before the welfare of Arizonans,” continues Howard. “Women and men who come to Planned Parenthood aren’t making a political statement, they are coming to get the health care they need.” 

Planned Parenthood believes health care should be about respect and dignity. The legislature and the Governor are clearly communicating they don’t respect Arizonans enough to make their own health care decisions, or to choose their own health care provider.


In the community for 78 years, Planned Parenthood Arizona is the leading sexual health organization in Arizona. The organization provides health care, education and outreach services to more than 90,000 men, women, teens and parents annually. Planned Parenthood Arizona operates health center locations statewide in Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, Prescott Valley and Yuma. For more information, please visit www.ppaz.org.


Planned Parenthood Arizona, Inc.


Cynde Cerf, Director of Communications and Marketing
602.263.4225, [email protected]


May 04, 2012


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