Legislative Watch

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona is interested in legislation that impacts health care access, reproductive rights, sexuality education, and LGBTQ equality in our state. This year, there are many proposed bills that Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona is following. Typically, only a fraction of the bills that are drafted each session actually move all the way through the legislative process to become law. When a bill has not been assigned to a committee by the mid-point of the session, it usually means that bill is not going to move this year. Below is a list of the bills that we are watching, along with the status of the legislation.

We are proud to support the following bills:

SB 1019: School Instruction; AIDS; Homosexuality sponsor: Sen. Martín Quezada
Repeal of the “No Promo Homo” statute. Click here for more information.
Text: PDF at azleg.gov Status: died in committee
SB 1020: Sex Education Programs; Requirements sponsor: Sen. Andrew Sherwood
Medically accurate sex education with opt-out rather than opt-in parental requirement.
Text: PDF at azleg.gov Status: died in committee

We oppose the following bills:

SB 1324: Abortion Clinics; Medication Abortion sponsor: Sen. Kimberly Yee
Medication abortion bill restricts doctors to using outdated FDA protocol. This legislation is not about health or safety. It is about erecting barriers to abortion, which is a legal, constitutionally protected health care service. Click here for more information.
Text: PDF at azleg.gov Status: signed into law
SB 1474: Human Fetus; Embryo; Prohibited Actions sponsor: Sen. Nancy Barto
A person may not use a human fetus or embryo or any part, organ or fluid of the fetus or embryo resulting from an abortion in animal or human research, experimentation or study or for transplantation. Planned Parenthood Arizona did not and does not have a tissue donation program, therefore, this bill does not directly impact us. Unfortunately, critical medical research will be impacted by this restriction.
Text: PDF at azleg.gov Status: signed into law
SB 1485: Payroll Deductions; Charitable Contributions; Prohibition sponsor: Sen. Andy Biggs
There shall be no payroll salary deductions from the compensation of state officers or employees for contributions made to a charitable organization that performs nonfederally qualified abortion or maintains or operates a facility where a nonfederally qualified abortion is performed for the provision of family planning services. This bill is not about state funding; it is about stopping state employees’ personal, private charitable contributions from going to organizations like Planned Parenthood. Click here for more information.
Text: PDF at azleg.gov Status: signed into law
HB 2599: AHCCCS; Provider Participation; Exclusions sponsor: Rep. Justin Olson
This bill would exclude Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program by layering additional requirements. This bill creates additional hoops for Planned Parenthood to jump through. Medicaid patients who come to us for preventive care, including cancer screenings, family planning services, and reproductive health care, would not be able to choose Planned Parenthood as their trusted medical provider. Click here for more information.
Text: PDF at azleg.gov Status: signed into law