Kansas Defends Law Restricting Abortion Insurance

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The state of Kansas is defending a new law that restricts insurance coverage for abortions.

The state argues in a court document filed Tuesday that it has an interest in protecting human life and in favoring childbirth over abortion. The state also contends that federal law and policy give Kansas the right to regulate insurance coverage for abortions. It notes 14 states have regulated the procedure.

The argument is part of the state's response to a temporary injunction sought by the American Civil Liberties Union in a lawsuit challenging the new law. The ACLU contends the law is unconstitutional because it prohibits women from buying insurance coverage for all their health needs while not putting a similar restriction on men.

A federal magistrate judge will hear arguments Friday.

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