- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine has filed a lawsuit seeking to force MaineCare to provide funding for abortions.

The group filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in Cumberland County Superior Court and says that depriving women of abortion coverage violates the state’s constitution. The lawsuit is filed on behalf of three women’s health care providers against the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Paul LePage says the lawsuit is frivolous and a “public relations stunt.” The lawsuit names health and human services Commissioner Mary Mayhew as a defendant.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1PXwmpv ) reports 13 other states have been forced by court order to fund abortions for low-income women. Attempts in some other states have failed.

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