For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Contact: Cathi Herrod
FACTS MATTER: Correcting the Record
A Statement from Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod
A recent headline made an outrageous claim regarding our position on proposed legislation to fund the 211 system, a system that includes referrals to abortion entities like Planned Parenthood.
Not everything is outrageous. Some things just make sense – like not using taxpayer money to promote abortion providers. This is in line with longstanding state policy.
Suggesting an amendment to keep the 211 system from directing people to abortion providers is consistent with current laws.
Center for Arizona Policy does not object to the 211 system. We, like most Arizonans however, do not support taxpayer money being used to refer people to abortion providers.
The majority of Arizonans using 211 go to their website for information, which expressly refers them to Planned Parenthood.
Also, if it is true that few people use the referral for abortion services, it should be easy to take abortion services out of the program and still provide the help many people receive from 211.
If 211 is going to receive $1.5 million from the state, it just makes sense to require it to follow longstanding state policy and stop promoting abortion providers. It’s an easy fix.
Center for Arizona Policy promotes and defends the foundational values of life, marriage and family, and religious freedom. For more information, visit azpolicy.org.