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November 04, 2015

Ariz. Drops Planned Parenthood From State Charity Drive

Arizona officials have excluded Planned Parenthood from the state government's annual workplace charity drive, the Phoenix New Times and the Arizona Daily Star report. The decision was made by the State Employees Charitable Campaign's executive policy committee, which is appointed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, a vocal critic of the women's-health nonprofit.

Planned Parenthood Arizona had been included for more than 30 years on the list of organizations to which state workers could donate through payroll deductions. The drive raised $580,000 for a variety of groups last year. Linda Stiles, executive director of the fundraising program, told the Planned Parenthood chapter in an email that the organization "is not the best fit with the mission or standards of the campaign."

Planned Parenthood decried the exclusion as politically motivated. The group has been mired in controversy over secretly shot videos in which officials with the group discuss providing fetal tissue for medical research. "If a charity is surrounded in a lot of controversy, that could technically mean that could cause workplace interruption," Ms. Stiles told the Daily Star. The Clinton Global Initiative was also dropped from the roster of approved charities.