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ACLU sues to block Kansas abortion-insurance ban

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit seeking to block a new Kansas law that prohibits insurance companies from including abortion coverage in comprehensive health plans.

“This law is part of a nationwide trend to take away insurance coverage for a legal medical procedure that is an important part of basic health care for women,” Brigitte Amiri, an attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, said in a statement. “Many things can happen in a pregnancy that are beyond a woman’s control, so having insurance coverage for abortion ensures that every woman can get the health care she may need.”

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.

The challenged law prohibits coverage of abortions except in life-threatening emergencies. Women who want abortion coverage would need to purchase a separate “rider” to their policy, which the ACLU says is not always offered as an option.

Insurance companies would be prohibited from offering any abortion coverage, even by a rider, through the statewide insurance exchange scheduled to open in 2014 as part of the federal Affordable Care Act, the lawsuit said. Read More »