Month: August 2011

ACLU Files Lawsuit over Abortion Insurance Prohibition

August 17, 2011 The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state of Kansas over a new law preventing private insurers from covering abortion (though under the newly signed law, insurers can offer women an abortion coverage rider).  The law was designed to protect ordinary Kansans from having their insurance premiums pay for other people’s abortions. The ACLU lawsuit …

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Legislature, SRS Debate Office Closures

August 5, 2011 A legislative committee is seeking further information on the closure of nine offices by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.  The Department contends that it is merely complying with the Legislature’s mandate to apply administrative cuts and that the closures are the most cost-effective way to manage reduced funding levels …

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Obama Administration Mandates Coverage for Contraceptive & Abortifacent Drugs

August 4, 2011 In a move celebrated by Planned Parenthood, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, led by former Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius, has directed that health insurance policies must provide coverage for birth control and sterilization.  Under the new policy, insurers will not be allowed to charge co-pays, co-insurance charges, or deductibles …

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Judges Block Planned Parenthood Funding Ban, New Abortion Clinic Rules

August 3, 2011 A federal judge has temporarily blocked newly signed legislation that would prevent Planned Parenthood — the nation’s largest abortion provider — from receiving taxpayer funds earmarked for family planning purposes.  Kansas’ attorney general has announced that he will appeal the ruling. This action comes on the heels of another federal judge’s order that implementation of …

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