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Arizona Has Wasted Millions of Dollars Defending Bogus Anti-Abortion Laws


Arizona Has Wasted Millions of Dollars Defending Bogus Anti-Abortion Laws
Slate Magazine (blog)

Arizona Republicans who salivate at the prospect of stemming government waste of taxpayer money don’t have to look far to find a big leak. The state has wasted millions of dollars in recent years fighting in vain to defend unconstitutional abortion laws GOP legislators passed.According to a thorough report from the Arizona Capitol Times, the state has spent about $2.32 million in the past eight years defending several anti-abortion laws that were either overturned in court, settled, or repealed. In all of these cases, taxpayers were on the hook for the attorney general’s expenses—including more than 3,300 hours of labor—and the court-ordered attorneys’ fees the state had to pay to the reproductive rights organizations that challenged the laws.The oldest case included in the Arizona Capitol Times piece began in 1999, when Arizona legislators passed a law that allowed the state to search abortion clinics without warrants, seize private patient records, and demand that abortion clinics maintain standards above those of health care centers that performed comparably riskier procedures.

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