Planned Parenthood Opposes Props 106, 107, and 302

ballot boxPlanned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona opposes Propositions 106, 107, and 302, and here’s why:

Proposition 106, the misnamed Arizona Health Insurance Reform Amendment
Prop. 106 would amend the Arizona Constitution to limit Arizonans’ choices to plans offered by private insurers, and it would block Arizona’s participation in the federal health care reform plan. There are now more than one million Arizonans without health insurance—one-fifth of our state’s population – and if this initiative were to pass, Arizonans would be barred from ever participating in a government-backed health care plan that would ensure every Arizonan was covered, regardless of pre-existing conditions or ability to pay.

Prop 106 does nothing to increase health care choices for our citizens; it does not expand access to care for those without coverage or who do not have the ability to pay for needed care. Regardless of your views on the federal health care reform plan now, this proposition would make it difficult for the state to participate in the future, limiting the state’s options for its citizens.

Proposition 107, The Anti-Equal Opportunity Initiative
This proposed constitutional amendment will ban equal opportunity requirements and programs in employment, public education and public contracting. It will dismantle Arizona’s successful equal opportunities programs and endanger our state’s ability to educate the diverse workforce needed to attract new businesses and improve our state’s economy.

Prop 107 will change Arizona’s Constitution to prohibit the state (as well as local governments, schools and universities) from offering any type of equal opportunity programs to women and people of color in Arizona. Prop 107 is not about protecting civil rights or ending discrimination as some claim, but will end all programs intended to achieve equal opportunity for women and minorities. Continue reading