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08/23/2013 11:00 am ET Updated Aug 26, 2013

Arizona Law Defunding Planned Parenthood Struck Down

An Arizona law that would have cut clinics that provide abortion services from the state's Medicaid plan was struck down Thursday, signaling a win for Planned Parenthood.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said lawmakers in Arizona were wrong to tie Medicaid funds for family planning services to a requirement that clinics like Planned Parenthood stop performing abortions, according to the East Valley Tribune.

The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed a complaint about the law in July, arguing it's "wrong for the state to tell Arizonans who they can and cannot see for their health care."

Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said this decision is in line with similar cases from around the country.

"All women, no matter where they live, should be able to get quality, affordable health care from the health care provider they know and trust," Richards said in a statement, according to The Hill.

Read the opinion from the three-judge panel here.

(h/t Raw Story)

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