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Abortion: Private and Public Coverage | In the News

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.

ACLU Challenges Maine Medicaid Program's Restrictions on Abortion Coverage
The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine on Tuesday sued Maine over state rules that bar MaineCare, the state's Medicaid program, from covering abortion care except in limited circumstances, the Bangor Daily News reports.

Ore. Antiabortion-Rights Group Pushes Measure To Block State Abortion Funding
An antiabortion-rights group on Friday announced that it received enough signatures to obtain a 2016 ballot title for a measure to ban state-funded abortion coverage, the Portland Tribune reports.

Planned Parenthood Files Lawsuit Over Texas' Move To Cut Medicaid Funding
Planned Parenthood on Monday filed a federal lawsuit against Texas officials in response to the state's efforts to cut the organization's Medicaid funding, the New York Times reports.

Supreme Court Rejects Antiabortion-Rights Lawsuit Over Planned Parenthood Documents
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a lawsuit involving an antiabortion-right group's efforts to access Planned Parenthood of Northern New England's internal documents under the Freedom of Information Act, the New York Times reports.

Experts Refute Texas Officials' Claims About Improved Family Planning Access; CPCs on the Rise as Abortion Clinics Close
Independent health experts disagree with Texas officials' claim that the number of patients who accessed family planning services in the state last year is at the same level as it was prior to funding cuts to Planned Parenthood, Reuters reports.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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