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Kansas seeks to end part of abortion insurance lawsuit

November 17, 2011

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— Kansas asked a federal judge Wednesday to reject a claim that a new state law restricting insurance coverage for abortion discriminates against women.

Attorneys for state Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger said in court filings that the law “rationally” promotes several legitimate state interests, including “promoting childbirth over abortion.” Praeger is the only defendant in the lawsuit, filed in August by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and Western Missouri.

The new restrictions on insurance coverage were among several laws enacted this year in Kansas by anti-abortion majorities in the Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican abortion opponent who took office in January. Another law set out new regulations specifically for abortion providers, and two doctors who challenged those rules in federal court recently expanded their attack with a separate lawsuit in the state court system.

The law, which took effect July 1, prohibits insurance companies from offering abortion coverage as part of general health plans, except when a woman’s life is at risk, and patients wanting such coverage must buy supplemental, abortion-only policies.

Comments

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

Abortion should not be forced upon all premium payers in Kansas. If you want it included on your insurance you should pay the extra amount to add it as a rider.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

Notice that liberals on this site sometimes cannot address real issues but have to launch personal attacks against their ideological opponents. What part of the comment that I made about many taxpayers not wanting to pay premiums to support abortion makes you question my "mental health"--none--just a personal attack and it lowers you.

jafs 3 years, 6 months ago

Your argument has been addressed many times.

It's not practical to allow everybody to withhold premiums based on various objections, including moral ones, to various procedures.

And, once you open the door to that, there's no reasonable way to close it - for example, if I feel I don't want to pay for Viagra, vasectomies, diet drugs/surgeries, etc. that should have as much validity as your objection to paying for abortions.

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