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By BOB CHRISTIE
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - A push by a powerful group opposed to abortion has forced Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to do an about-face and consider new abortion funding restrictions in her Medicaid expansion plan.

The governor said several weeks ago that she would not consider trying to revive language in a 2012 law blocked by a federal judge that prevents any Medicaid funds from going to Planned Parenthood of Arizona.

The Center for Arizona Policy wants the Legislature to include language preventing any new Medicaid family planning funding from going to abortion providers either directly or indirectly.

The group headed by Cathi Herrod is a powerful force at the Legislature. Herrod says she's neutral on the expansion but her concerns have caused some lawmakers to withdraw support from Brewer's plan.

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