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States continue to pass new restrictions on insurance coverage for abortion regardless of whether a woman receives her insurance from the government, including Medicaid, or from a private insurer. Some of these restrictions would be applied to the health care exchanges being created under federal health care reform.

States Continue To Limit Abortion Access, Despite Public Support for Abortion Rights
Although a majority of U.S. residents still support abortion rights, states across the country over the past four years have succeeded in enacting legislation that could drastically diminish abortion access for millions of women if allowed to stand, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Catholic Group Files Complaint Over Calif. Abortion Coverage Rules
The California Catholic Conference on Tuesday filed a federal civil rights complaint over a requirement that the state's insurers must provide abortion coverage, the AP/Wall Street Journal reports.

Report: States' Abortion Restrictions Tied to Worse Health Outcomes for Women, Children
States that have enacted more abortion restrictions tend to fare worse on women and children's health outcomes and have fewer policies in place that support their health and well-being, according to a report released Wednesday by Ibis Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Huffington Post reports.

Mich. Lawmakers Propose Bill To Require Insurers To Offer Abortion Riders
Michigan Democratic lawmakers this week are introducing a bill that would require all insurers in the state to offer riders for women who want abortion coverage, the Detroit Free Press reports.

'Proactive,' National Grassroots Strategy Needed To End Abortion Coverage Bans, URGE Director Argues
After nearly 40 years of fighting the Hyde Amendment and related abortion coverage restrictions "one by one, state by state," many reproductive-justice supporters are "ready to be proactive" to ensure every woman in the U.S. "can have coverage for a full range of pregnancy care, including abortion," Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity Executive Director Kierra Johnson writes in an opinion piece in the American Prospect.

Tenn. Ballot Measure Could Lead To Harsher Abortion Restrictions
Tennessee voters in November will decide on a ballot measure (Amendment 1) stating that there is no right to abortion in the state constitution, which observers say could lead to harsher abortion restrictions, Mother Jones reports.

Reproductive Health Coverage, Parental Leave Have Strong Support in W.Va. Poll
A majority of West Virginia voters support comprehensive Medicaid coverage of reproductive health services, as well as paid parental leave, according to a poll commissioned by the women's health advocacy group WV Free, the Charleston Gazette reports.

Mich. Lawmakers Propose Contraceptive Coverage Disclosure Bills
Michigan lawmakers are proposing legislation that would require employers in the state to provide information about contraceptive coverage options to all current and prospective employees, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Seattle Resolution Rejects Hyde Amendment, Supports Reproductive Health Access, Op-Ed States
Seattle this week became "the first jurisdiction in the Northwest -- and the sixth nationally -- to declare its support for overturning the Hyde Amendment and restoring access to reproductive health care for every woman," write Seattle City Council Member Bruce Harrell, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington Executive Director Rachel Berkson and Legal Voice Executive Director Lisa Stone in an opinion piece for the Seattle Stranger's "Slog."

Calif. Tells Insurers To Cover Abortion 'Neutrally'
California law requires health plans to "treat maternity services and legal abortion neutrally," the state Department of Managed Health Care said in a recent letter to seven insurers, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

States Slow Pace of Antiabortion-Rights Legislation, But Restrictions Up Overall, Guttmacher Report Shows
States passed fewer abortion restrictions in the first half of this year compared with the same time period in any of the past three years, but state laws restricting abortion access continue to vastly outnumber those expanding access, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, Vox reports.

Number of Abortions in Ind. Declines for Fifth Year Amid New Laws
For the fifth consecutive year, the number of abortions performed in Indiana has declined alongside state requirements "that have made it steadily more difficult for a woman to end her pregnancy," according to a report by the state Department of Health, the AP/Indianapolis Star reports.

House Approves Spending Bill Barring D.C. Medicaid Abortion Coverage
The House on Wednesday approved a spending bill that would bar Washington, D.C., from using its own funds to cover abortions in its Medicaid program, National Journal reports.

Judge Blocks Alaska Law That Restricts Medicaid Abortion Coverage
An Alaska judge blocked a state law restricting abortion coverage in its Medicaid program from taking effect on Wednesday while he considers a Planned Parenthood lawsuit claiming that the legislation is unconstitutional, Alaska Public Media reports.

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Lawmakers Attempt Repeal of Mich. Abortion Coverage Ban
A new Michigan bill aims to repeal a state law that bars health plans from including abortion coverage, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Ohio House Weighs Bill Barring Abortion Coverage
The Ohio House on Tuesday considered a bill (HB 351) that would ban public and private health plans in the state from covering nearly all abortions, including in cases of rape, incest and danger to a woman's life, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Okla. Abortion Restrictions Questioned by Some State Leaders
Oklahoma conservatives in recent years have enacted some of the nation's harshest abortion restrictions, but some state leaders are questioning whether they have gone too far in limiting women's options, MSNBC reports.

Planned Parenthood Amends Alaska Lawsuit Over 'Medically Necessary' Abortion
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest has amended a lawsuit in Alaska to incorporate a recently passed state law restricting abortion coverage in the state's Medicaid program, the AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.

Ga. Becomes Latest State To Restrict Abortion Coverage
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) on Thursday signed into law legislation (S 98) that would prohibit abortion coverage in state employee health plans and private plans offered through the federal health insurance marketplace, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Alaska Gov. Signs Bill Defining 'Medically Necessary' Abortions Under Medicaid
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (R) on Thursday signed legislation (SB 49) to restrict the state's Medicaid program to covering only "medically necessary" abortions, Alaska Public Media reports.

Alaska Bill Restricting Medicaid Abortion Coverage Heads to Gov.
An Alaska bill (SB 49) that would define "medically necessary" abortions that are covered under the state's Medicaid program cleared its final legislative hurdle this week after lawmakers stripped language to expand family planning funding, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports.

Ga. Abortion Coverage Restrictions Head to Gov.
A Georgia bill (S 98) that would prohibit abortion coverage in state employee health plans and private health plans sold through the federal health insurance marketplace has cleared the state Legislature and is heading to Gov. Nathan Deal (R), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Abortion Coverage To End in Many Mich. Health Plans
Beginning Thursday, private health plans in Michigan will be prohibited from including abortion coverage, the Battle Creek Enquirer reports.

Ga. Senate Advances Abortion Coverage Ban
The Georgia Senate has approved a bill (S 98) that would prohibit abortion coverage in private health plans sold through the federal health insurance marketplace, WABE reports.

Wash. Abortion Coverage Parity Bill Not Likely To Pass This Year
Despite pressure from abortion-rights advocates, the Washington Legislature this year is not likely to pass a bill (HB 2148) that would require most health plans that cover maternity care to also cover abortion services, KING 5 News reports.

Abortion Coverage Ban Advances in Ga. Senate
A Georgia Senate panel has advanced a measure (SB 98) that would ban abortion coverage in health plans offered by the state and private plans sold through the federal health insurance marketplace, the Georgia Health News/Augusta Chronicle reports.

Unusual Iowa Medicaid Law Remains Untested as Hospital Declines To Seek Abortion Payments
An Iowa law requiring Gov. Terry Branstad (R) to approve Medicaid reimbursements for abortions has unexpectedly gone untested because a state hospital refuses to submit the claims, the AP/Omaha World-Herald reports.

Va. Senate Attempts Repeal of Antiabortion-Rights Laws
The Virginia Senate on Tuesday narrowly passed a bill (SB 617) that would repeal a state law requiring ultrasounds before abortions but defeated a measure (SB 618) that would have allowed private health plans sold through the state's health insurance exchange to offer abortion coverage, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Va. Dems Push To Repeal Ultrasound Law, Expand Abortion Coverage
A Virginia Senate committee on Thursday approved two bills (SB 617, SB 618) that would repeal some of the state's abortion restrictions, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

Wash. House Advances Bill Requiring Abortion Coverage in Health Plans
The Washington House on Wednesday passed a bill (HB 2148) that would require most health plans that cover maternity care to also cover abortion services, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's "Strange Bedfellows" reports.

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"Louisiana Health Officials 'Rescind' Abortion Rules Hours Before Hearing" (Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check, 2/4).

Judge Halts Alaska Rules on 'Medically Necessary' Abortions
An Alaska judge on Tuesday issued a restraining order that temporarily blocks regulations that would change what qualifies as a "medically necessary" abortion in the state's Medicaid program, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Abortion-Rights Opponents Succeeding With State-Level Bans on Abortion Coverage
Although a federal bill restricting abortion coverage is not expected to advance beyond the House, abortion-rights opponents have prohibited most health plans from offering such coverage in many states, Mother Jones reports.

New Definition of 'Medically Necessary' Abortion Prompts Lawsuit in Alaska
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest on Wednesday filed a lawsuit challenging regulations that restrict what qualifies as a "medically necessary" abortion in Alaska's Medicaid program, the AP/Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports.

Wash. Abortion Coverage Parity Bill Advances in House
A Washington bill (HB 2148) that would require most health plans in the state to cover abortion services has passed out of a state House committee and could be considered by the full chamber, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reports.

Wash. Lawmakers Try Again on Bill Requiring Abortion Coverage
For the third consecutive year, Democrats in Washington's House are pushing a measure (HB 2148) that would require health plans that cover maternity care to also cover abortion services, the AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.

Texas Women's Health Program Leaves Physician Groups, Patients With Gaps in Coverage
Texas physician groups are facing financial obstacles to caring for participants in the state's Women's Health Program, creating problems for both providers and patients, the Texas Tribune reports.

New Rules for Certifying 'Medically Necessary' Abortions Set To Take Effect in Alaska
State regulations defining what constitutes a "medically necessary" abortion that is eligible for Medicaid coverage in Alaska are set to take effect next month, despite Democratic criticism that the requirements are unconstitutional, the AP/Anchorage Daily News reports.

Va. Abortion-Rights Coalition Hopes To Ease Restrictions Under New Governor
Following the November election of Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe (D), abortion-rights supporters are hoping to roll back abortion restrictions enacted under outgoing Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), the Virginian-Pilot's "Pilot on Politics" reports.

States Consider Abortion, Paid Leave, Gender Transition Policies
The Women's Health Policy Report summarizes recent news coverage of state action on reproductive health-related issues.

Mich. Abortion Coverage Law Could Affect One in Three Policyholders
A Michigan law banning most abortion coverage could affect about one in three state residents with group or public health plans, the Detroit News reports.

Mich. Conservatives Will Regret Push for Abortion Coverage Ban, Opponents Warn
Michigan Democrats and abortion-rights advocates who oppose the state's recently approved ban on most abortion coverage said Republicans will pay the price in the 2014 election for supporting the bill, the AP/Detroit Free Press reports.

American Prospect Piece Suggests Focus Areas for Reproductive-Rights Advocates in 2014
Facing an "ever-growing maelstrom of incursions on abortion rights, pro-choice politicians have stayed on the defensive, clinging to the standards established by Roe v. Wade even as conservatives whack relentlessly at their foundations," writes Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, an American Prospect writing fellow, in an opinion piece.

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"Pennsylvania's New 'Women's Health Caucus' Unveils Package of Pro-Active Bills" (Tara Murtha, RH Reality Check, 12/11) and "After Lawmaker Discloses Her Own Sexual Assault, Michigan Approves 'Rape Insurance' Bill Anyway" (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 12/12).

Mich. Lawmakers Vote To Bar Abortion Coverage in Most Health Plans
Both chambers of the Michigan Legislature on Wednesday approved a ban on most abortion coverage in private and public health plans, clearing the way for the measure to take effect in March, the Detroit Free Press reports.

About Half of States Have Banned Most Abortion Coverage in ACA Marketplace Plans
Nearly four years after disputes over abortion coverage threatened the passage of the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148), almost half of states have used a provision in the law to ban the coverage in health plans sold through the insurance marketplaces, Politico reports.

Mich. Abortion Coverage Proposal Would Affect Small Proportion of Procedures, Data Suggest
A Michigan proposal that would ban most health plans from including abortion coverage likely would affect a small number of procedures because most abortions in the state are paid for out of pocket, the AP/Detroit Free Press reports.

Antiabortion Group's Latest Proposal Aims To Increase Abortion Clinic Lawsuits
Americans United for Life has developed new model legislation that would allow patients and families to sue abortion clinics for alleged violations of state regulations, Bloomberg reports.

Mich. Abortion-Rights Advocates Urge State Lawmakers To Allow Ballot Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban
Abortion-rights advocates in Michigan gathered at the state Capitol to urge state lawmakers not to act on a proposal that would ban abortion coverage in private and public health plans and instead allow it to appear on the November 2014 ballot, Michigan Public Radio reports.

Detriot News Editorial Urges Lawmakers To Let Residents Vote on Proposal, Slams 'Bully' Tactics
A Detroit News editorial slams Right to Life of Michigan, the group that petitioned for the measure to be brought before the Legislature, for "presenting the state Legislature with a do-or-die choice to limit insurance coverage of abortion."

Featured Blogs
"On New Abortion Restrictions, Michigan Legislature Should Let the Voters Decide" (Lamerand, Huffington Post blogs, 12/3).

Editorial Urges Mich. Lawmakers To Let Voters Decide Abortion Proposal
"The Michigan Legislature is poised to overstep -- into the lives of Michigan women and girls, and into the business of health care" -- by "preparing to consider a petition ... that would bar private or public insurance plans from covering abortion without a separate abortion policy purchased before the woman becomes pregnant," a Detroit Free Press editorial states.

Mich. Lawmakers Poised To Advance Abortion Coverage Ban
The Michigan Legislature could move soon to ban private and public health plans from including abortion coverage, United Press International reports.

Featured Blogs
"Abortion Services Restored at Whole Woman's Health in Fort Worth, Texas" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 11/27) and "The Next State-Level Fights Over Abortion Are Already Brewing" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 11/26).

Mich. Proposal Could Bypass Governor, Ban Most Abortion Coverage
A Michigan proposal heading for the state Legislature would ban private and public health plans from including abortion coverage, the Detroit Free Press/Lansing State Journal reports.

Supreme Court Review Sought for Ariz. Law Restricting Medicaid Payments to Women's Health Providers
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne (R) on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court's ruling blocking a law (HB 2800) that would bar organizations that provide abortions from participating in the state's Medicaid program, the Arizona Republic reports.

Wis. Antiabortion-Rights Bills Postponed for This Year
Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) on Friday delayed floor consideration of two antiabortion-rights bills (AB 216; AB 217) until at least early next year, Wisconsin Public Radio News reports.

Featured Blog
"Wisconsin Senate Prepares To Vote on Abortion and Contraception Restrictions" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 11/11).

Wis. Senate Committee Advances Two Antiabortion-Rights Bills
The Wisconsin Senate Health Committee on Thursday advanced a pair of antiabortion-rights bills to the floor for a full vote, the AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Launch of ACA's Marketplace Renews Questions About Availability of Abortion Coverage
The launch of the Affordable Care Act's (PL 111-148) health insurance marketplaces has renewed concerns about the availability of abortion coverage, with both sides noting that it can be difficult to determine which plans cover the procedure, NPR's "Shots" reports.

Antiabortion Groups, Ohio Lawmakers Challenge State's Medicaid Expansion in Court
Two Ohio antiabortion-rights groups and six Republican state lawmakers on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging the state Controlling Board's decision to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148), Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Va. Gov. Candidates Spar Over Abortion-Rights Issues
In the Virginia governor's race, state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) and Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe both are attempting to portray the other as an extremist on abortion-related issues, the AP/NBC4 Washington reports.

Kansas' Defense of Antiabortion Laws Already Cost State About $913,000
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's (R) administration has spent more than $913,000 for the legal services of two private law firms to help officials defend antiabortion-rights laws that have been enacted since the governor took office in 2011, the AP/ABC News reports.

Mich. Petition Would Bar Abortion Coverage in Health Plans
Antiabortion-rights supporters in Michigan on Friday submitted a petition to get a proposal banning abortion coverage from private health plans before the state Legislature, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

W. Va. House Leader Renews Push To Restrict Abortion Coverage in State Insurance Marketplace
West Virginia House Minority Leader Tim Armstead (R) on Tuesday said he will pursue legislation to restrict abortion coverage in the state's insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148), even though similar efforts in the state have failed, the AP/Charleston Gazette reports.

Ore. Ballot Measure Would Restrict Abortion Coverage in State Health Plan
Abortion-rights opponents in Oregon are collecting signatures for a proposed ballot measure for the November 2014 election that would prohibit the use of state money to fund abortions, The Oregonian reports.

Hiring of Antiabortion Adviser is 'Latest Fiasco' at N.C. Health Dept., Editorial States
The hiring of a "deeply conservative" adviser to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is the "latest fiasco" in a string of controversial personnel decisions by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) and DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos, a Raleigh News & Observer editorial states.

Crisis Pregnancy Center Board Member Advising N.C. Agency That Will Rewrite Abortion Rules
The administration of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has hired an antiabortion-rights conservative organizer to advise the state health department, which is rewriting state rules on abortion, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Texas Women Struggle To Find Providers as Clinics Close
The closures of women's health providers in Texas as the result of various state laws and funding cuts are making it more difficult for women to find sources of routine health care, the Texas Tribune reports.

Iowa Hospitals Decline To Submit Medicaid Abortion Claims for Governor's Review
University of Iowa hospitals have essentially circumvented a law requiring Gov. Terry Branstad (R) to approve Medicaid claims for abortions by declining to bill the insurance program for the procedures, the Des Moines Register reports.

Wash. Insurer Excludes Abortion Coverage From ACA Marketplace Health Plans
Group Health Cooperative, a not-for-profit health care system in Washington state, has elected not to provide abortion coverage in health plans offered through the state's insurance marketplace, but Group Health officials said beneficiaries still will be able to access abortion care without paying additional fees, KUOW reports.

Featured Blogs
"End the DC Abortion Ban" (Hinton Hoytt/González-Rojas, "Congress Blog," The Hill, 9/2), "Why Telemedical Abortions are the Future" (Bourdet, Motherboard, 8/30) and "Texas State Health Services Council Refuses To to Vote on Implementation of Omnibus Anti-Abortion Law" (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 8/29)

Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Against Ariz. Law Blocking Planned Parenthood From Medicaid
A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court's ruling that struck down an Arizona law (HB 2800) barring organizations that provide abortions from participating in the state's Medicaid program, The Hill's "Healthwatch" reports.

Alaska Health Commissioner Proposes Rule Restricting 'Medically Necessary' Abortions Under Medicaid
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Bill Streur has proposed what information physicians must provide to prove whether an abortion is "medically necessary" in order to be reimbursed through Medicaid, the Anchorage Daily News reports.

Ga. Becomes Latest State To Bar Abortion Coverage in Employee Health Plan
The board of Georgia's Department of Community Health on Thursday voted to prohibit abortion coverage in the state employee health plan, except when the procedure is needed to save a woman's life, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Wis. Appeals Ruling on Antiabortion Law; AG Says Religious Hospitals Must Grant Abortion Providers Admitting Privileges
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R) on Tuesday appealed a federal court ruling that blocked until November a state law (SB 206) requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

D.C. 'Home Rule' Could Benefit Low-Income Women Seeking Abortion Services
Low-income women seeking abortion services in Washington, D.C., could benefit from an amendment to a district charter that would give it administrative and budget autonomy, The Nation reports.

No Medicaid Abortion Claims Submitted Under New Iowa Law Requiring Gov. To Approve Each One
An Iowa law requiring the governor to approve Medicaid coverage of abortions on an individual basis has not been tested in the month since it took effect, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

N.C. Gov. McCrory Confirms That He Will Sign Wide-Ranging Abortion Bill; Abortion-Rights Supporters To Stage Protest
North Carolina Gov. Patrick McCrory (R) at a press conference on Friday announced he would sign a wide-ranging antiabortion-rights measure (SB 353) approved by the state Senate on Thursday, WITN reports.

Senate Appropriations Committee Lifts Restrictions on D.C.'s Use of Taxpayer Money for Abortion
The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a spending bill (S 1371) that would repeal a ban preventing the District of Columbia from using non-federal funds to pay for abortions for low-income women, the Washington Post reports.

N.C. House, Senate Finalizing Legislation To Prohibit Abortion Coverage in State Health Insurance Marketplace
North Carolina lawmakers are negotiating final language of legislation that would prohibit health plans participating in the health insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act from covering elective abortions, the AP/Charleston Post and Courier reports.

Featured Blogs
"Back Off DC Women Already!" (Leveille, "Washington Markup," ACLU, 7/18); "Ob-Gyns Slam North Carolina's Proposed Abortion Restrictions: 'Get Out Of Our Exam Rooms'" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/17); and "How Pro-Choice Activists Are Fighting Back Against Texas' Abortion Restrictions" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/17).

House Panel Advances Limits on Abortion Coverage, Ban on D.C. Abortion Funding
The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday advanced a fiscal year 2014 Financial Services spending bill that would prohibit health plans in the Affordable Care Act's (PL 111-148) health insurance marketplaces from covering abortion and bar Washington, D.C., from using local tax revenue to fund abortions for low-income women, The Hill's "On the Money" reports.

Little Public Support for N.C. Antiabortion-Rights Bill, Poll Finds
Few North Carolina voters support an antiabortion-rights measure that is progressing through the state Legislature, and their disapproval has hurt Gov. Pat McCrory's (R) popularity, according to a poll from Public Policy Polling, Politico reports.

Featured Blogs
"Every Reason for an Abortion is a Good Reason" (Amanda Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 7/15) and "Wendy Davis: The Silver Lining to a Very Dark Cloud" (Mary Pauline Lowry, Huffington Post blogs, 7/12).

N.C. House Advances Sweeping Abortion Restrictions
The North Carolina House on Thursday passed antiabortion-rights legislation that would give Gov. Pat McCrory's (R) administration wide power to regulate abortion clinics in the state, the New York Times reports (Blinder, New York Times, 7/11).

N.C. Antiabortion Bill Faces Veto Threat
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on Wednesday pledged to veto an antiabortion-rights measure championed by Republicans in the state Legislature, Reuters reports.

States Pass 43 Antiabortion Measures in First Half of Year, With Focus on Clinic Restrictions
States in the first half of this year enacted 43 provisions restricting abortion, matching the total number of such measures passed in all of 2012, according to a report published this week by the Guttmacher Institute, the Washington Times reports.

House Appropriations Bill Would Continue D.C. Abortion-Funding Ban
The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday released a fiscal 2014 spending bill for Washington, D.C., that would continue to bar the district from using local tax revenue to fund abortions for low-income women, the Washington Post reports.

Amendment Adds Omnibus Antiabortion Measure to N.C. Bill
The North Carolina Senate on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to several abortion restrictions after a committee attached the provisions to an unrelated bill (HB 695), WRAL's "@NCCapitol" reports.

Pa. Gov. Corbett Signs Bill Prohibiting Abortion Coverage in State Insurance Marketplace
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) on Monday signed into law a bill (HB 818) that prohibits private health plans offered through the state's health insurance marketplace from covering most abortions, the AP/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Wis. Assembly Advances Insurance Coverage Restrictions
The Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday approved a bill (AB 216) that would restrict health insurance coverage of abortion and contraception in the state, Reuters reports.

Iowa Gov. Likely To Sign Measure Granting Him Authority To Decide Medicaid Coverage for Abortions
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Friday said he likely will sign into law legislation that would give him the authority over whether the state's Medicaid program covers abortions on a case-by-case basis, the Des Moines Register reports.

Pa. Senate Approves Bill Restricting Abortion Coverage
The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday passed a measure (HB 818) that would prohibit private health plans offered through the state's health insurance marketplace from covering most abortions, CBS Philly reports.

Wis. Bill Would Limit Abortion, Contraceptive Coverage
The Wisconsin Assembly Health Committee on Wednesday heard from critics and supporters of a bill (AB 216) that would restrict health insurance coverage of abortion and contraception, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Featured Blogs
"Shh: NY Catholic Church Quietly Paying for Birth Control, Abortions" (Egan Morrissey, Jezebel, 5/28); "ACLU Challenges Arizona's Race and Sex Selection Abortion Ban" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 5/29).

All 24 Antiabortion-Rights Bills Failed During Texas Legislative Session
None of the 24 abortion-related bills filed in the Texas Legislature this session reached the Senate or House floor, which Democrats view as a successful turnaround from Republicans' attacks on family planning funding and abortion rights in recent years, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Featured Blog
"Oklahoma Legislature's Wrong Priorities During Crisis" (Cox, Huffington Post blogs, 5/22).

La. House Panel Passes Measures Targeting Planned Parenthood
A Louisiana House panel on Tuesday endorsed a resolution (HR 105) that would suspend Planned Parenthood funding, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Mich. Petition Seeks To Ban Abortion Coverage
A group called No Taxes for Abortion Insurance plans to gather signatures for a proposal that would ban health plans sold in Michigan from offering abortion coverage, the AP/Detroit Free Press reports.

N.C. House Approves Bill Prohibiting Abortion Coverage in State Insurance Marketplace
The North Carolina House on Thursday approved a measure (HB 730) that would prohibit health plans offered through the state's health insurance marketplace from covering abortion, the AP/Henderson Times-News reports.

Minn. Judge Dismisses Suit Claiming State Illegally Covered Abortion Costs
A Minnesota judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleged the state incorrectly used public funds to pay for more than 37,000 abortions for low-income women who did not qualify for abortion coverage under state laws, the AP/Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Iowa House Budget Bill Would Bar Medicaid Coverage for Abortions, Elective C-Sections
The Iowa House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a budget bill that includes provisions that would end Medicaid coverage of abortions in any circumstances, as well as elective caesarean-section deliveries, Radio Iowa reports.

Pa. House Passes Restrictions on Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Marketplace
The Pennsylvania House on Tuesday voted 144-53 to approve a measure (HB 818) that would prohibit abortion coverage in private health plans purchased through the state's insurance marketplace, which is being created under the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148), the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

GOP Coalition Blocks Wash. Abortion Coverage Bill
On Wednesday, a Republican coalition in the Washington state Senate blocked debate of a provision that would have required health plans to cover abortion care, the AP/KOMO News reports.

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"State Policy Trends 2013: Abortion Bans Move to the Forefront" (Elizabeth Nash/Rachel Benson Gold, RH Reality Check, 4/12) and "Federal Court Blocks Mississippi Admitting Privileges Law" (Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 4/15).

W. Va. House Rejects Budget Amendment Targeting Medicaid Abortion Coverage
West Virginia's House of Delegates on Thursday voted 45-52 to reject a budget amendment that would have barred Medicaid from covering abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Pa. Senate Panel Approves Bill To Limit Abortion Coverage Under Affordable Care Act
The Pennsylvania Senate Banking and Insurance Committee on Wednesday advanced a bill (SB 275) that would ban private health plans in the state's health insurance marketplaces from covering most abortions, CBS Philly reports.

Alaska Senate Passes Bill To Restrict Abortion Coverage Through Medicaid
The Alaska Senate on Tuesday voted 14-6 to advance a measure (SB 49) that would define which "medically necessary" abortions are covered under the state's Medicaid program, the AP/Anchorage Daily News reports.

Ark. Senate Approves Bill That Would Cut Grants to Abortion Providers
The Arkansas Senate on Tuesday voted 19-11 to advance a bill (SB 818) that would prohibit the state from awarding grants to organizations that provide abortion care or referrals or contract with groups that do, Reuters reports.

Va. Legislature Approves Ban on Abortion Coverage in New Health Insurance Marketplace
The Virginia General Assembly on Wednesday voted to approve Gov. Bob McDonnell's (R) amendment that would ban most abortion coverage in private health plans sold through the state's federally run health insurance marketplace, NBC Washington's "First Read - DMV" reports.

Wash. Senator Blocks Advancement of Abortion Coverage Bill
Washington Senate Health Care Committee Chair Randi Becker (R) on Monday blocked legislation (HB 1044) that would require health plans to cover abortion services from advancing to the full Senate, even though a majority of senators support the measure, the AP/Yakima Herald reports.

Ga. Gov. Deal Weighs Using Executive Powers To Ban Abortion Coverage From State Employee Health Plans
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) is considering using his executive powers to bar state employee health insurance plans from offering abortion coverage, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Increased Polarization Among States Leaves Little Middle Ground in Abortion Debate, Advocates Say
Advocates on both sides of the abortion-rights debate say that states are rapidly becoming more polarized on the issue as they enact an increasing number of laws governing the procedure, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Va. Gov. Proposes Ban on Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Exchange
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has introduced an amendment that would prohibit abortion coverage in health plans sold through the state's federally run health insurance exchange, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Ga. Senators Approve Measure Prohibiting State Employee Health Plans From Covering Abortion
The Georgia Senate on Monday voted 34-15 to approve a bill (HB 246) that contains an amendment barring state employee health insurance plans from offering abortion coverage, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Political Insider" reports.

Wash. Senate Panel To Consider Bill To Protect Abortion Coverage
The Washington Senate Health Care Committee on April 1 is set to hold a hearing on a measure (HB 1044) that would require health plans in the state to cover abortion services, the AP/USA Today reports.

Featured Blogs
"Washington State May Require Insurers To Cover Abortion as Part of Maternity Care" (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress, 3/25); "North Dakota Votes To Ban All Abortions by Defining Life at Conception" (Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 3/22).

Debate Over Medicaid Abortion Coverage Stalls Iowa Budget Measure
Iowa officials on Thursday said progress on the state's health and human services budget remains stalled because of a recurring debate over language regarding funding of abortions by the state's Medicaid program, the Sioux City Journal reports.

Minn. House Passes Health Exchange Bill Without Additional Abortion-Coverage Restrictions
The Minnesota House on Friday approved a bill (HF 5) for establishing its health insurance exchange that does not include a provision barring health plans from offering abortion coverage, Kaiser Health News' "Capsules" reports.

Ark. Bill Aims To Defund Affiliates of Abortion Providers
An Arkansas lawmaker who sponsored the state's newly enacted 12-week abortion ban has introduced a bill (SB 818) that would bar public funding to abortion providers and groups affiliated with them, including Planned Parenthood, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Coalition of Women's Groups Backs Reproductive Health Provisions in N.Y. Women's Equality Act
On Monday, a new coalition lobbying for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) legislative package known as the Women's Equality Act announced its support for including measures to strengthen reproductive rights, the AP/Wall Street Journal reports.

Editorial Urges Wash. Senate To Hold Hearing on Reproductive Rights Act
Washington senators should heed the will of voters who support abortion rights by holding a hearing on the Reproductive Parity Act (HB 1044), a Seattle Times editorial writes.

Featured Blogs
"Medicaid Coverage for Abortion Care Elusive Even in States Where it is Legal" (Herold, RH Reality Check, 2/26) and "Hope in Indiana? Both Republicans and Democrats Express Reservations on Banning Medication Abortion" (Marty, RH Reality Check, 2/26).

Wash. House Passes Measure To Protect Abortion Coverage
The Washington House on Friday passed a measure (HB 1044) that would require health plans that cover maternity care to also cover abortion services, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reports.

Mich. House Panel Approves New Version of Insurance Overhaul Without Abortion Restrictions
The Michigan House Insurance Committee on Thursday approved an insurance overhaul bill (SB 61, SB 62) that does not include an abortion-related provision that led Gov. Rick Snyder (R) to veto similar legislation in December, the AP/Oakland Press reports.

Featured Blogs
"Anything But Delicate: Alabama's Solution to Substance Abuse During Pregnancy" (Josie Sustaire, Law Students for Reproductive Justice's "Repo Repro, 2/20) and "Something To Celebrate: Philadelphia Board of Health Calls for Public Funding, Insurance Coverage for Reproductive Health Care" (Claire Cooper, RH Reality Check, 2/21).

N.D. Senate Approves Bill To Prohibit Embryo Destruction, Expand Medicaid Abortion Coverage
The North Dakota Senate on Monday voted 24-23 to pass a bill (SB 2303) that would prohibit the destruction of embryos and expand Medicaid coverage for abortions, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Reporting Requirement Removed From Alaska Bill on Medicaid Abortion Coverage
A revised version of a bill (SB 49) that would further restrict when Medicaid can cover abortions was introduced in the Alaska Senate on Friday, omitting a provision that would have required women to "promptly" report rape and incest to authorities in order to qualify for the coverage, the AP/Juneau Empire reports.

Wash. Gov. Urges Vote on Bill To Protect Abortion Coverage
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Monday urged the state Senate to vote on a measure (HB 1044) that would require most insurers to cover abortion, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Abortion-Rights Opponents Embrace Opportunity To Restrict Coverage in Exchanges
Abortion-rights opponents in several states are using a provision in the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) to prevent private health insurers from covering abortion in the state health insurance exchanges, NBC News reports.

Featured Blogs
"From the Ground Up: Restoring Insurance Coverage for Abortion Care" (Sweeney/Baden, RH Reality Check, 2/13).

Ark. Gov. Beebe Signs Bill Prohibiting Coverage for Abortion in Health Exchange
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) on Monday signed into law a bill (HB 1100) that prohibits insurers from offering abortion coverage in the state's health insurance exchange, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Alaska Senator Proposes Bill To Restrict Abortion Coverage
Alaska Senate Majority Leader John Coghill (R) on Monday introduced a bill (SB 49) that would further restrict when abortion can be covered under the state's Medicaid program, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Featured Blogs
"It's Up to Us To Defend Abortion Rights" (Mary Lou Greenberg, RH Reality Check, 2/5) and "State Politicians May Force Me to Turn Away Patients" (Stephanie Dahl, American Civil Liberties Union's "Blog of Rights," 2/6).

Ark. House Approves Abortion Restrictions
The Arkansas House on Monday approved two bills restricting abortion coverage and banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

More States Moving To Restrict Abortion Coverage
Federal fights over abortion coverage leading up to passage of the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) have raised state lawmakers' consciousness about their ability to restrict health insurers from covering the procedure, Politico reports.

Ark. House Committee Passes Antiabortion Bills
The Arkansas House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on Thursday advanced two bills restricting abortion coverage and banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the AP/Huffington Post reports.

Wash. Lawmakers Renew Efforts To Ensure Abortion Coverage
Democratic lawmakers in Washington state are renewing efforts to pass legislation (HB 1044) requiring insurers to cover abortion care, the AP/Seattle Times reports.

Antiabortion-Rights State Lawmakers Hope To Continue Momentum of Last Two Years
Emboldened by new Republican majorities in three states and GOP control of both legislative chambers in 26 states, abortion-rights opponents are working to build on the momentum of the last two years, when 135 state abortion restrictions were enacted, Bloomberg reports.

Iowa House Republicans Discuss Measure To End Medicaid Funding for Abortion in all Cases
Iowa House Republicans are holding preliminary talks to re-introduce a proposal that would prohibit Medicaid coverage of abortion in all circumstances, the AP/Mason City Globe Gazette reports.

ACLU Drops Challenge to Kan. Abortion Coverage Law
The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday dropped its legal challenge to a Kansas law restricting abortion coverage in private health plans, the AP/New York Times reports.

Va. Bill Would End Abortion Coverage for Low-Income Women When Fetus is Unlikely To Survive
A Virginia senator has proposed a bill (SB 826) that would end state funding for abortions for low-income women when the fetus has severe anomalies, the American Independent reports.

Forty Years After Roe v. Wade, Pa. Abortion Clinic Remains Battleground
On the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, activists on both sides of the issue at a Pennsylvania abortion clinic are drained by the decades-long fight, the Washington Post's "Wonkblog" reports.

Challenge to Kan. Abortion Coverage Law To Go to Trial
A federal judge on Monday ordered a trial to resolve whether a Kansas law restricting abortion coverage in private health plans imposes a substantial burden on women seeking abortions, the AP/Huffington Post reports.

Va. Lawmakers Plan Bills To Restrict Abortion
Despite drawing nationwide backlash over antiabortion measures last year, Virginia legislators have pre-filed bills for the upcoming session that would restrict access to abortion, the Washington Post reports.

Mich. Gov. Snyder Vetoes Health Insurance Legislation
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Dec. 28 vetoed a health insurance overhaul (SB 1293, SB 1294) because of a provision barring health plans and employers from providing abortion coverage, Reuters reports.

New York Times Criticizes Mich. Antiabortion
"Despite clear public support for women's reproductive rights, Michigan's Republican-controlled Legislature used the just-ended lame-duck session to ram through harmful measures eliminating insurance coverage of abortions and imposing medically unnecessary regulations on providers of safe and legal abortion care," a New York Times editorial states.

Minn. Requests Dismissal of Lawsuit Alleging Unlawful Abortion Funding
The Minnesota Department of Human Services on Tuesday requested dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that the state unlawfully used public funds to pay for more than 37,000 abortions for low-income women, the AP/St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Alaska Health Department Rejects Stricter Standard in Abortion Coverage Regulations
The Alaska Health Department has rejected a proposal to further restrict abortion coverage for low-income residents as part of new regulations for public health insurance programs, the AP/Fairbank Daily News-Miner reports.

Abortion Restrictions Should Be Removed From Mich. Health Insurance Legislation, Editorial Argues
A Michigan provision that would bar businesses and insurers from offering abortion coverage in their health plans "imposes government in yet another place where it doesn't belong," a Detroit News editorial states.

Texas Gov. Perry Calls for 20-Week Abortion Ban; New Suits Filed Over Women's Health Program
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Tuesday voiced his support for legislation that would ban abortion in the state after 20 weeks of gestation, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Antiabortion Group's Suit Claims Minn. Unlawfully Funded Abortions
An antiabortion-rights group in Minnesota on Tuesday filed a lawsuit alleging that the state used public funds to pay for more than 37,000 abortions that did not qualify for coverage under state laws, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Wis. Antiabortion Group Hopes To Use GOP Majority To Bolster Abortion Regulations
Wisconsin's largest antiabortion-rights group, Wisconsin Right to Life, hopes to capitalize on Republican control of the Legislature and governorship to push through a number of abortion restrictions in the next legislative session, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Abortion Opponents To Push Several Proposals in 2013 Ark. Legislative Session
Now that Republicans have won control of both the House and Senate in Arkansas, abortion opponents are pushing to introduce several bills that failed in last year's legislative session, AP/Today's THV reports.

Fla. Voters Sent 'Strong Message' With Defeat of Antiabortion Measure, Letter States
In rejecting a ballot initiative (Amendment 6) last week, "Florida voters sent a strong message that when politicians deny insurance coverage for abortion, they play a dangerous game of 'keep away' with women's health," Harry Knox, president and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, writes in a letter to the editor of the New York Times.

New York Times Editorial, Columnist Weigh Election's Significance for Women's Health
The New York Times recently published an editorial and a column that discuss how Tuesday's election results relate to women's reproductive health issues. Summaries appear below.

Featured Blogs
"STUDY: Women Rely on Publicly-Funded Health Clinics Like Planned Parenthood for Their Primary Care" (Annie-Rose Strasser, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 11/18) and "ELECTION 2012: Florida Voters Defeat Amendment 6, the 'No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion' Amendment" (Robin Marty, RH Reality Check, 11/6).

Fla. Rejects Ballot Measure Barring Abortion Funding, Altering Privacy Rights
Florida voters on Tuesday defeated a ballot initiative (Amendment 6) that would have amended the state constitution to explicitly exclude a broader right to abortion than is protected under the U.S. Constitution and ban public funding for abortion in most cases, the AP/Palm Beach Post's "Election Center Blog" reports.

Featured Blogs
"The Sinister Motives Behind Challenges to Medicaid Funding of Planned Parenthood," Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 10/24) and "New York City Launches Clinic Escort Program, Anti-Choicers Offended by 'Government Interference,'" Robin Marty, RH Reality Check, 10/24).

Appeals Court Upholds Injunction Against Ind. Law Prohibiting Medicaid Funding to Planned Parenthood
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld an injunction against an Indiana law prohibiting the distribution of state and federal Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood of Indiana and other organizations that offer abortion services, the AP/Washington Post reports.

Fla., Mont. Are 'Exceptions' to 'Paucity' of Women's Health Referendums This Year, Salon Piece States
No "personhood" measures are on state ballots this year, but initiatives Florida and Montana provide "exceptions to the relative paucity" of reproductive health-related referendums in this election, Irin Carmon writes in Salon.

Experts Warn About Privacy Implications of Proposed Fla. Antiabortion Amendment
Experts during a public forum last week discussed the implications of an initiative (Amendment 6) on Florida's November ballot that would ban public funding for most abortion care or coverage, Tampa Bay Newspapers reports.

Fla. Constitutional Amendments Spark Involvement From Catholic Church, Women's Advocates
Two proposed constitutional amendments -- one related to abortion and the other to the separation of church and state -- on Florida's November ballot could have both immediate and far-reaching repercussions, the New York Times reports.

Opinion Pieces Debate Fla. Antiabortion Ballot Measure
Three recent opinion pieces in the Sunshine State News and Orlando Sentinel discuss the potential impact of a state ballot initiative (Amendment 6) that would limit public funding for abortion and the right to abortion under the state constitution.

Support Lagging for Fla. Antiabortion Ballot Measure, Poll Shows
Fewer than half of Florida voters support a state ballot initiative (Amendment 6) that would limit public funding for abortion and limit the right to abortion under the state constitution, according to a poll by Suffolk University/7NEWS, the Orlando Sentinel's "Central Florida Political Pulse" reports.

Featured Blogs
"A Wink and a Nod: Anti-Choice Laws Invite Anti-Choice Harassment and Terrorism" (Jen Russo, RH Reality Check, 10/1), "Missouri Fines Insurance Provider $1.5 Million for Not Letting Employers' Personal Beliefs Dictate Contraception Coverage" (Amanda Peterson Beadle, ThinkProgress, 9/28) and "Why we Should all Care That Texas is 'Dismantling' Women's Health" (Thanh Tan, Seattle Times ' "Ed Cetera," 9/28).

Insurer To Pay $1.5M in Dispute Over Abortion, Contraceptive Coverage
Aetna will pay $1.5 million to settle charges that it did not comply with Missouri laws regarding coverage requirements for abortion, contraception and autism, the AP/Business Insider reports.

Ky. Lawmaker Plans Bill To Bar Abortion Coverage in State's Exchange
Kentucky Rep. Stan Lee (R) on Wednesday said he plans to introduce legislation in January that would prohibit health plans from offering abortion coverage in the state's health insurance exchange, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Featured Blogs
"Why are New York's Teen Pregnancy Rates so Much Lower Than Mississippi's?" (Amanda Marcotte, Slate 's "XX Factor," 9/24) and "Rick Perry Wants To Replace Planned Parenthood With Crisis Pregnancy Centers That Don't Provide Health Services" (Amanda Peterson Beadle, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 9/21).

Alaska Health Department Still Mulling Proposed Abortion Coverage Regulations
The Alaska Health Department is still reviewing a proposal to further restrict funding for abortion care in health insurance programs for low-income state residents, the AP/Anchorage Daily News reports.

Future of Alaska Abortion Legislation Could Hinge on State Senate Races
A conservative push to gain a majority in the Alaska Senate could have repercussions for abortion-related legislation in the state, the Alaska Dispatch reports.

Featured Blogs
"In Texas, the Numbers Reveal Just How Dire Things Will Be for Medicaid Patients Without Planned Parenthood" (Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check, 9/11).

Mo. Enacts Abortion, Contraceptive Coverage Refusal Law; Injunction Requested To Block Measure
The Missouri Legislature on Wednesday voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon's (D) veto of a bill (SB 749) that would allow employers to refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception, abortion or sterilization procedures for moral or religious reasons, the Huffington Post reports.

Alaska State Sen. Questions Constitutionality of Proposed Medicaid Abortion Regulations
An Alaska state senator in a letter on Friday urged the health department commissioner to withdraw a proposal to change requirements for funding abortion care for low-income women, the AP/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports.

Alaska Officials Refuse To Discuss Proposed Changes to Abortion Coverage Rules
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is refusing to discuss a proposed change to "abortion payment conditions" that critics believe could restrict access for low-income women, the Anchorage Daily News reports.

Kan. Asks Judge To Reject Challenge to Abortion Coverage Law
Attorneys representing Kansas' insurance commissioner submitted court filings on Friday arguing that a state law barring abortion coverage in private health plans "does not impose an undue burden" on women, the AP/Lawrence Journal World reports.

Antiabortion Ballot Proposal Falls Short in Oregon
An Oregon ballot proposal aimed at prohibiting public funding of abortions failed to obtain the required number of signatures needed to qualify for the Nov. 6 ballot, Willamette Week reports.

Washington Post Editorial Laments Sen. Paul's Hypocrisy in Meddling in District's Decisions
Legislation (S 2345) that would give District of Columbia officials control over "locally collected, locally paid tax dollars" was postponed this week after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) proposed several amendments to "dictate to the city policies on guns, abortions and unions," a Washington Post editorial states.

Abortion Amendment Stalls Bill on D.C. Budget Autonomy
A markup on legislation (S 2345) that would grant budget autonomy to the District of Columbia was postponed on Wednesday after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) proposed several amendments, including one to permanently ban the district from using its own funds to pay for abortion services, the Washington Post's "D.C. Wire" reports.

House Appropriations Comm. Approves Abortion Restrictions for Federal Employees, District of Columbia
The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved an amendment that would prohibit the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program from including abortion coverage in plans offered in multistate health insurance exchanges created under health reform, The Hill's "On the Money" reports.

Iowa Lawmakers Seek To End Medicaid Abortion Coverage for Rape, Incest, Fetal Anomalies
Forty-one Iowa House Republicans have filed a petition requesting emergency rulemaking to prohibit the state's Medicaid program from covering abortion care in cases of rape, incest or fetal anamolies, the Des Moines Register's "Iowa Politics Insider" reports.

ACLU Files Legal Claim To Protest Kan. Law Prohibiting Abortion Coverage
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a claim asking U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson to strike down a Kansas law that prohibits insurers from including abortion coverage in their general health plans, the AP/Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

Conn. Will Include Abortion Care as an Essential Health Benefit
A Connecticut committee on Friday unanimously agreed that abortion should be considered an essential health benefit covered by plans in the state's health insurance exchange, the Connecticut Mirror reports.

House Bill Target D.C. Abortion Funding
Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday released a 2013 District of Columbia spending bill that would maintain a ban on public funding of abortion care in the district, the Washington Post reports.

S.C. Senators Reach Compromise on Abortion Coverage in State Employee Health Plan
Two South Carolina senators on Thursday announced a budget compromise under which public funding would not be used to cover abortion care for state employees in cases of rape or incest, the Columbia State reports.

N.D. 'Religious Liberty' Ballot Measure is 'Misguided,' Editorial States
"North Dakotans should reject the misguided, misleadingly named 'Religious Liberty Restoration' measure when they vote in their state primary early next month," a Minneapolis Star Tribune editorial states.

Ala. House Approves Bills on Abortion Coverage, Clinics Standards
The Alabama House on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow the state to restrict insurance coverage of abortion in certain health plans, sending the measure to Gov. Robert Bentley (R), the AP/Gadsden Times reports.

Columnist Weighs In on Attack on Women's Health Care in S.C.
A recent column responds to an attack on reproductive rights in South Carolina.

Ala. House Panel Approves Restrictions on Abortion Clinics, Coverage
The Alabama House Health Committee on Wednesday approved two bills that would increase regulation of abortion clinics and restrict insurance coverage of abortion, Alabama Live reports.

Fla. Ballot Measure Would Strengthen Ban on Public Funding for Abortion, Pave Way for Parental Consent
An amendment on Florida's November ballot would enact a state constitutional ban on public funding for abortion to make it harder to repeal existing state and federal bans on the funding, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

N.H. Senate Votes on Series of Bills Targeting Women's Health
The New Hampshire Senate on Wednesday debated a series of abortion- and reproductive health-related measures, rejecting several and advancing two, the Concord Monitor reports.

S.C. Senate Panel Approves Clause To Ban Coverage for Abortion Care in Cases of Rape, Incest
A South Carolina Senate panel on Tuesday approved a budget clause that would ban the state's health plan from covering abortion unless a woman's life was in danger, the AP/Myrtle Beach Sun News reports

Wash. Legislature Ends Special Session Without Action on Abortion Coverage Bill
The Washington Legislature ended a monthlong special session on Wednesday without action on a bill (HB 2330) that would have required health plans that cover maternity care to also cover abortion care, Politico's "Pulse" reports.

Wis. Gov. Walker Quietly Signs Bills Placing New Restrictions on Abortion Care, Insurance Coverage, Sex Education
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Thursday signed three separate bills restricting abortion care and insurance coverage of the procedure, as well as imposing new requirements for sex education, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

N.H. Senate Panel Considers Bill To Cut Public Funding for Facilities Providing Abortion Care
The New Hampshire Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Thursday held a hearing on legislation (HB 228) that would bar public funding for facilities that offer abortion services, NHPR reports.

Neb. Lawmakers Advance Bill Restoring State-Funded Prenatal Care for Undocumented Immigrants Over Gov.'s Objections
Nebraska senators on Wednesday voted 29-16 to advance a bill (LB 599) that would restore prenatal care coverage for low-income pregnant women, many of whom are undocumented immigrants, despite opposition from Gov. Dave Heineman (R), the Omaha World-Herald reports.

ACLU Allowed To Proceed With Challenge to Kan. Abortion Coverage Law
A federal judge on Thursday said the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and Western Missouri may continue with its challenge to a Kansas law that restricts private insurance coverage of abortion, the AP/ Lawrence Journal-World reports.

Wash. Abortion Coverage Parity Bill Could Be Revived in Special Session
A Washington bill (HB 2330) that would require health plans that cover maternity care to also cover abortion care could be revived during a special session convened by Gov. Chris Gregoire (D), the AP/Seattle Times reports.

Abortion: Private and Public Coverage | In the Courts

This section provides a brief overview of significant cases impacting reproductive rights and health related to Abortion: Private and Public Coverage.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest v. Streur
State court challenge to Alaska Department of Health and Social Services regulations and statute that severely restrict the circumstances under which the state will provide Medicaid coverage for medically necessary abortions.

Walker v. Jesson
Demand for declaratory and injunctive relief against the state Department of Human Services (DHS), accusing DHS of using public funds to pay for non-therapeutic abortions for indigent women.

ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri v. Praeger
Challenge to a law that prohibits insurance coverage of abortion and abortion-related services.