Saturday, August 27, 2011
Groups Challenge Arizona Law that Withholds Resources from Organizations Providing Abortion Referrals or Counseling
ACLU press release: ACLU and Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence Challenge Law that Withholds Critical Resources for Women's Health:
Extreme Law Withholds Resources from Organizations that Provide Abortion Referrals or Counseling
PHOENIX – The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit today against a law that would exclude any nonprofit organization that provides abortion referrals or counseling from receiving donations through the state’s Working Poor Tax Credit Program. The law is so broad that it could prevent groups from even discussing abortion or other reproductive health services with women in crisis.
The ACLU filed the suit, along with the ACLU of Arizona and the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence (AzCADV).
“At a time when assistance for the poor and underserved is so crucial, this bill aims to take existing resources away from the most vulnerable and to limit their access to information and services,” said Alessandra Soler Meetze, executive director of the ACLU of Arizona. “That’s not only a violation of the First Amendment, it’s cruel.” . . .