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4:28 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Arkansas Bill Would End Grants For Planned Parenthood

A group rally against the bill at the Capitol today.
A group rally against the bill at the Capitol today.
Credit Nathan Vandiver

The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would prohibit the state from awarding grants to abortion providers, a move aimed at cutting off money Planned Parenthood receives for sex education.

The Senate voted 19-11 Tuesday for the bill that would ban the state from awarding grants to abortion providers or entities that refer women to abortion providers. The proposal would not affect Medicaid money.

Planned Parenthood officials say the bill could affect doctors and entities such as rape crisis centers if they refer women to abortion providers.

The bill now heads to the House.