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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 1:32 pm | Updated: 1:35 pm, Tue Apr 24, 2012.

The Arizona Senate voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood on Tuesday, as efforts continue to halt abortions from taking place at all.

In an 18-8 vote, the Senate passed House Bill 2800, which had already been approved by the state’s House of Representatives.

With the bill moving forward, all funding for Planned Parenthood will end because the organization provides abortions.

Planned Parenthood representatives say the bill would disrupt services for more than 19,000 women.

While Arizona already base the use of public funds for abortions, support of HB 2800 say that the broader prohibition is needed to make sure no public funding indirectly supports abortion services.

The Susan B. Anthony List immediately applauded the Senate approval, which will no go before Gov. Jan Brewer.

“Planned Parenthood’s abortion-centered business model does not need or deserve taxpayer dollars,” said Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, vice president of Government Affairs for SBA List. “We encourage Gov. Brewer to quickly sign this bill into law. Arizona is leading the charge to protect taxpayers and women from Planned Parenthood and the violence of abortion.”

The SBA List led the charge to de-fund Planned Parenthood in the states following last year’s Congressional battle, offering state groups and legislators model legislation, expert testimony, and grassroots muscle.

In 2011, eight states successfully de-funded Planned Parenthood of more than $61.7 million. Other states banning the funding include Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire and Oklahoma.

The Center for Arizona Policy also favored the bill.

The Center for Arizona Policy is also lobbying for the contraception bill making its way through the Arizona legislature where birth control benefits for women could be denied through a company’s healthcare benefits’ package.

The bill would be legal for company’s claiming contraception for women violates religious beliefs.

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