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Planned Parenthood sues Oklahoma over WIC funding

Associated Press Published: November 12, 2012
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Planned Parenthood rejected that argument in its lawsuit, claiming the contracts were terminated "because plaintiff advocates for access to safe, legal abortion, refers for abortions, and/or affiliates with abortion providers.

"(The health department) has given a shifting hodgepodge of reasons for the termination, but each of those reasons is unsupported by the facts," the suit states

Oklahoma's Republican-controlled Legislature has a reputation of pushing some of the most restrictive anti-abortion legislation in the country, and Planned Parenthood seems to be the latest anti-abortion target of some conservative states said Elizabeth Nash, a public policy analyst with the New York-based Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights group focused on sexual and reproductive health research.

"Planned Parenthood provides a wide range of services, but they've become this symbol equated with abortion services for some parts of the population," Nash said. "We're seeing very conservative policymakers essentially ignore all of the other things Planned Parenthood does, just to focus on the abortion aspect."

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