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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.

Ariz. House Passes Bill That Would Add Several New Abortion Restrictions
The Arizona House on Monday voted 33-24 to pass a bill (SB 1338) that includes several antiabortion-rights provisions, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

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"Louisiana Women May Have To Travel Even Longer Than You Think for an Abortion," (Marty, Care 2, 3/18); "Four States That Are Actually Working To Protect Abortion Rights" (Culp-Ressler, "Think Progress," Center for American Progress, 3/19).

LA Times: State Abortion Restrictions 'Unnecessary' and 'Often Unconstitutional'
State legislatures nationwide are "concoct[ing] new ways to restrict a woman's constitutional right to a legal abortion," a Los Angeles Times editorial states.

Ariz. Bill To Ban Abortion Coverage in ACA Marketplace Now Includes Biased Counseling Mandate
An Arizona House committee last week voted 5-3 to advance an antiabortion-rights measure (SB 1318) after adding an amendment to require physicians to tell women medically unproven statements about reversing a medication abortion, the AP/Casa Grande Dispatch reports.

Wash. House Again Advances Abortion Coverage Bill; Senate Passage Unlikely
The Washington House on Tuesday voted 51-46 to pass a bill (HB 1647) for the fourth-consecutive year that would require most insurers that cover maternity care to also provide abortion coverage, the AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer 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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