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Brewer calls contraception debate a ‘Democrat ploy’ (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer said she’s uncomfortable with a bill that would require some women to prove they’re using birth control for non-contraceptive reasons, but said the debate raging at both the state and national level is just election-year politics by Democrats who are hoping to drive women from the GOP.

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Senate panel votes to cut off Planned Parenthood funding (access required)

Arizona Republican legislators are seeking to accomplish what their party mates in Congress failed to do — stop public money from going to Planned Parenthood.

With a Republican supermajority in control of the state Capitol, prolife advocates are making an all-out push to make it as difficult as possible for Planned Parenthood clinics to stay open.

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Bill allowing employers to deny contraception coverage advances (access required)

Any business with a religious objection to contraception would be allowed to not include it in their insurance coverage under a bill that was approved by a Senate committee Monday. Current law allows only religious employers, which are defined as nonprofit groups that primarily employ and serve persons who share their religious tenets, to provide health plans that don’t cover contraceptives.

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