Judges grill Arizona lawyer over anti-abortion law | Marin Independent Journal

Marin Independent Journal: Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judges Marsha Berzon and Jay Bybee grilled attorney Steven Aden during a hearing about the law. Aden, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, argued that Arizona had a broad power to determine that Planned Parenthood, and other organizations targeted by the law, were not qualified Medicaid providers, allowing the state to withhold from them Medicaid funds. According to the Medicaid statute, anybody eligible for medical assistance can get it from an organization or person “qualified to perform the service or services required.”Aden said since the Medicaid statute does not further define “qualified,” the state should have broad powers to determine its meaning. “They have the authority to impose reasonable qualifications,” Aden said.