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Judge dismisses Kansas abortion insurance case

Published on -1/24/2013, 7:20 AM

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A federal judge has granted a request by the ACLU to dismiss its challenge to a Kansas law restricting private health insurance coverage for abortions.

Wednesday's one-sentence court formally ends the case, with each side bearing its own costs and attorney's fees. Under the order, the American Civil Liberties Union could not raise the claims again.

The ACLU sought last week to end the case. The organization cited a judge's earlier ruling that it failed to prove that the Legislature's chief goal in passing the 2011 law was to impede access to abortions.

The law prohibits private insurance companies from offering coverage for abortions in their general plans except for when a woman's life is in danger. Kansas residents or employers who want abortion coverage must buy supplemental policies.

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