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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.

Alaska Judge Rejects Restrictions on Medicaid Abortion Coverage
An Alaska judge on Thursday ruled that a state law (SB 49) and several regulations limiting Medicaid coverage for abortion care are unconstitutional, 2KTUU reports.

Featured Blogs
"A Judge Just Handed Abortion Supporters a Huge Win in the Deep South," (Andrews, Mother Jones, 8/18); "GOP Lawmakers Cut Planned Parenthood's Medicaid Funds, Despite Federal Warning," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 8/17).

Featured Blogs
"Is Defunding Planned Parenthood Against The Law? These States Better Watch Out," (Barbato, Bustle, 8/13); "Alabama, Jane Doe, and the Dangers of Fetus-First Laws," (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 8/12).

HHS Warns Ala., La. Blocking Medicaid Funding for Planned Parenthood Could Violate Federal Law
The Obama administration has warned Alabama and Louisiana that recent efforts to block Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funds could violate federal law, the Wall Street Journal reports.

States Increasingly Penalize Pregnant Women for Drug Misuse
Some states are working to penalize pregnant women who misuse drugs, countering advice from medical groups that recommend treatment instead, the Daily Beast 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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