As Roe v. Wade turns 40, right-to-life activists are riding a wave of success in Kansas — where new restrictions on abortions just won a legal challenge — and are pushing the Republican-dominated state to approve more laws.
The American Civil Liberties Union just dropped its lawsuit against a new Kansas law that prohibits private insurance companies from providing abortion coverage in general health plans, except when necessary to save the life of the mother. On Jan. 7, a federal judge ruled that the ACLU failed to show the new law would prevent women from obtaining abortions. The new law only impacts general health care policy plans; Kansas residents still can pay for the procedure themselves or obtain abortion coverage in insurance policies via a supplemental provision, or rider.
On Tuesday, the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, hundreds of right-to-life activists rallied in Tokepa, Kansas’ capital, to push for even more restrictions, including a limit on doctors-in-training at a state-funded medical facility from performing the procedure.
“There are still things we can do,” said Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans for Life, according to a CBS report.
Most states require a waiting period for abortions, and parental permission for minors.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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