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Ariz. Cuts Planned Parenthood from State Employee Charitable Campaign; Colo. County Ends Planned Parenthood Funding

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's (R) administration on Tuesday announced that it cut Planned Parenthood from the list of organizations to which state employees can donate via the state government's charitable campaign, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Decision Details

According to the AP/Bee, the State Employee Charitable Campaign -- an 18-member panel, chaired by Ducey, of state officials and agency officials -- made the decision in September. Planned Parenthood had participated in the charity program "for decades," AP/Bee reports.

Ducey spokesperson Daniel Scarpinato said state employees are free to donate to Planned Parenthood individually.

Planned Parenthood Responds

Jodi Liggett, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, said the organization still meets the charitable campaign's eligibility criteria, so "the only conclusion that we can draw" is that the organization's status was revoked because it provides abortions.

State employees pledged to donate about $7,250 in 2015 for general operations, family planning, cancer screening, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, and abortion services. "In fact, many of our [SECC] donors specifically want to fund this service knowing that women in dire circumstances may not have the financial means to pay for a needed abortion," Liggett said.

Liggett said the organization tried to appeal the decision in October but was told the deadline had passed (Davenport, AP/Sacramento Bee, 11/3).

Colo. County Pulls Funding for Local Planned Parenthood Clinic

In related news, Garfield County, Colo., commissioners on Monday pulled $1,500 in grant funding that would have gone to Planned Parenthood's Glenwood Springs Health Center in 2016, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports.

Overall, the commissioners approved $432,500 in human services grants for 2016, which will be distributed among 25 organizations recommended by the county's Human Services Commission. According to the Post Independent, the commissioners had included the Planned Parenthood clinic among the grantees in previous years, allocating $5,000 for the clinic in 2012 and $2,000 in 2015. The clinic did not receive any county funds in 2013.

The county's Human Services Commission this year recommended the commissioners allocate $1,500 for the Planned Parenthood clinic. One county commissioner said they were pulling the funding because of the political nature of Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado. According to Commissioner Tom Jankovsky, the grant recipients for the human services funds "are not supposed to be political," the Post Independent reports.

Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, in an email urged the commissioners to reconsider their decision. According to Cowart, the Glenwood Springs clinic provides services for more than 2,500 patients.

"Planned Parenthood is proud to provide high quality health care to women and their families in Garfield County, and we are discouraged to hear from a longtime funding partner that they will no longer support care for the patients who depend on us," she said, adding, "Glenwood Springs Health Center has been a recipient of this grant money in Garfield County for more than 30 years, with the money allocated towards our crucial cervical cancer prevention services" (Stroud, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, 11/2).