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  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
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Daily Women's Health Policy Report by the National Partnership for Women & Families
Updated: 1 hour 21 min ago

Half of States Now Bar Abortion Coverage in ACA Marketplaces; Other States Considering Similar Measures

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 15:38

There are now 25 states that bar private health plans offered through the Affordable Care Act's (PL 111-148) insurance marketplaces from including abortion coverage, and lawmakers are set to consider similar measures in other states this year, National Journal reports.

Half of States Now Bar Abortion Coverage in ACA Marketplaces; Other States Considering Similar Measures

April 2, 2015 — There are now 25 states that bar private health plans offered through the Affordable Care Act's (PL 111-148) insurance marketplaces from including abortion coverage, and lawmakers are set to consider similar measures in other states this year, National Journal reports (Owens, National Journal, 4/1).

Background

The ACA requires insurers to keep funds for abortion coverage separate from those for other health services as a way to ensure that federal tax credits do not pay for abortion (Women's Health Policy Report, 2/20).

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Monday signed a bill (SB 1318) into law that made Arizona the latest state to bar women from purchasing health plans that include abortion coverage on the ACA's insurance marketplace (National Journal, 4/1).

The Kaiser Family Foundation in a January report found that about 60% of U.S. women who qualify for tax credits under the ACA are unable to access a plan that covers abortion through the law's marketplaces. At the time, researchers found that women in 31 states could not obtain abortion coverage through marketplace plans either because their state has prohibited such plans from including it or because no insurers in their area are offering it (Women's Health Policy Report, 1/23).

States' Approaches

Ten of the 25 states also restrict abortion coverage in non-marketplace private plans, according to KFF. Abortion coverage is also restricted in most circumstances for Medicaid beneficiaries. Lawmakers in several states have introduced bills this legislative session that would bar abortion coverage in the marketplace in their state.

For example, Texas lawmakers have introduced four bills (HB 1435, HB 3130, SB 575, SB 1872) this legislative session that would impose such a restriction, except in cases of endangerment to a woman's life. Two of those measures would also prohibit non-marketplace health plans from offering abortion coverage, although they would be allowed to offer a separate, supplemental policy. West Virginia lawmakers have proposed similar legislation (HB 2440, SB 236).

Michigan lawmakers also have introduced a bill (SB 214) that would only allow abortion coverage as a supplemental policy. Further, Montana lawmakers have introduced a measure (SB 349) that would require insurers that offer a plan with abortion coverage to also offer a plan without abortion coverage (National Journal, 4/1). The ACA requires marketplaces in all states to include at least one multistate plan that does not cover abortion services by 2017 (Women's Health Policy Report, 12/3/14).

Meanwhile, a bill introduced in Mississippi that would have restricted abortion coverage in health plans died in committee. A Virginia bill to lift the state's ban on abortion coverage in marketplace plans also died in committee.

Comments

Alina Salganicoff, vice president and director of women's health policy at KFF, said, "Not having abortion coverage for women can effectively limit their access to abortion services, because the cost is the primary issue."

Planned Parenthood of Arizona's Public Policy Director Jodi Liggett said in a statement, "Denying women the opportunity to use private funds for legal and safe abortion health care is an overreach. Further, forcing women and teens to prove rape or incest with insurance companies will only further traumatize victims" (National Journal, 4/1).


Texas Lawmakers Propose Budget Amendments To Defund Alternatives to Abortion Program

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 21:00

Texas lawmakers have filed several amendments to the state budget (HB 1) that aim to defund the state's Alternatives to Abortion program, the Texas Tribune reports.

Texas Lawmakers Propose Budget Amendments To Defund Alternatives to Abortion Program

April 1, 2015 — Texas lawmakers have filed several amendments to the state budget (HB 1) that aim to defund the state's Alternatives to Abortion program, the Texas Tribune reports.

Program Background

The Alternatives to Abortion program offers "pregnancy and parenting information" to low-income women. Through the program, the state works with the Texas Pregnancy Care Network, which operates crisis pregnancy centers, maternity homes and adoption agencies. It has served about 110,000 individuals since September 2006.

The proposed House budget would give the program $9.15 million annually in 2016 and 2017, an increase from $5.15 million in the previous budget.

Proposed Amendments

An amendment filed by Women's Health Caucus Chair Rep. Jessica Farrar (D) would defund the program completely. She said that through the program, the state is allocating more money to "coerce women" into a "political ideology instead of providing information and services." She noted this is occurring when the state is reducing women's access to health services.

Farrar has also filed an amendment calling for an audit of the program. "I think it's troublesome that here we are going to almost double funding for a program that has not proven to be successful in any way," she said.

Other amendments to the budget would reallocate more than $8 million slated for the Alternatives to Abortion program to family planning services and programs for individuals with disabilities, according to the Tribune. State Rep. Chris Turner (D), one of the lawmakers who filed the amendments, said there is "little regulation, no accountability and no requirement to offer actual medical services" at facilities that participate in Alternatives to Abortion.

Meanwhile, conservatives have filed amendments that would increase funding for the program. One would boost funding by $3.35 million per year by cutting money from the state Commission on Environmental Quality, while a separate amendment would increase funding by $3.35 million through cuts to an arts program in the governor's office.

State Rep. Dade Phelan (R), who proposed one of the funding increases, said, "They've done a good job with what we've given over the last 10 years. I think whatever increase we can give them is well-warranted."

Another amendment would rename the program Pregnancy and Parenting Services (Ura/Walters, Texas Tribune, 3/30).


Ark. Senate Approves Bill To Extend Mandatory Delay, Require Biased Counseling

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 20:57

The Arkansas Senate has voted 26-4 to approve a bill (HB 1578) that would extend the mandatory delay period before a woman can obtain an abortion from 24 hours to 48 hours, among other provisions, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Ark. Senate Approves Bill To Extend Mandatory Delay, Require Biased Counseling

April 1, 2015 — The Arkansas Senate has voted 26-4 to approve a bill (HB 1578) that would extend the mandatory delay period before a woman can obtain an abortion from 24 hours to 48 hours, among other provisions, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

A spokesperson for Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said the governor, who has previously approved antiabortion-rights legislation, is reviewing the proposal. If the bill is enacted, Arkansas would become the second state to impose a 48-hour mandatory delay. Three states have passed 72-hour delays.

Bill Details

The 48-hour delay would begin after the woman meets with a physician about an abortion. Under the bill, the initial meeting must be in person, meaning that the woman would have to make a minimum of two trips to the abortion clinic.

In addition, physicians would have to talk to women about alternatives to abortion, discuss potential health risks and give a probable physical description of the fetus (DeMillo, AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 3/30).


Tenn. Lawmaker Withdraws Mandatory Ultrasound Bill

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 20:52

A Tennessee bill (HB 2) that would require a women seeking an abortion to receive a mandatory ultrasound and have the images displayed to her by the provider has been withdrawn for the year, the AP/Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Tenn. Lawmaker Withdraws Mandatory Ultrasound Bill

April 1, 2015 — A Tennessee bill (HB 2) that would require a women seeking an abortion to receive a mandatory ultrasound and have the images displayed to her by the provider has been withdrawn for the year, the AP/Lexington Herald-Leader reports (AP/Lexington Herald Leader, 3/31).

Bill Background

The bill, introduced by state Rep. Rick Womick (R), would require a woman to undergo an ultrasound 72 to 24 hours before an abortion. In addition, it would mandate that doctors show the ultrasound image to the woman and describe it to her if she chooses not to look. It also would require technicians to make the fetal heartbeat audible. Womick introduced the measure after Tennessee residents last November approved a ballot initiative (Amendment 1) specifying that there is no right to abortion in the state constitution.

Earlier this year, Womick said he planned to alter the ultrasound bill in response to a legal analysis by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery (R). The analysis said new abortion laws could not impose an "undue burden" on women seeking abortions, based on the standard set by the U.S. Supreme Court (Women's Health Policy Report, 2/18).

Withdrawal Details

The Tennessee House Health Subcommittee on Tuesday was prepared to send the bill to study committee. However, the panel agreed at Womick's request to reschedule the bill for the subcommittee's first meeting in 2016, the AP/Herald-Leader reports.

According to the AP/Herald-Leader, several committee members had expressed concern that the mandatory delay in the bill could conflict with another measure that aims to implement a 48-hour mandatory delay before abortions (AP/Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/31).

Opinion: Lawmakers 'Not Going To Overturn Roe'

"[T]he General Assembly is trying to thread a few needles in its efforts to increase regulation of abortion in Tennessee," but state lawmakers "are not going to overturn Roe v. Wade," a Murfreesboro Daily News Journal editorial states.

According to the editorial, state lawmakers have proposed several antiabortion-rights measures in the aftermath of Amendment 1, including Womick's bill, a 48-hour mandatory delay bill, a biased counseling measure (SB 13) and a "[r]equirement [SB 50] that all clinics providing 50 or more abortions per year be certified as ambulatory surgical centers."

However, the editorial notes that Slatery's analysis has provided state lawmakers with "appropriate warning ... that whatever they approve will need to pass federal court review." The editorial urges state lawmakers to "spend as much time on improving a variety of services to mothers and their children as trying to buck federal law" (Murfreesboro Daily News Journal, 3/31).


Tenn. Lawmaker Withdraws Mandatory Ultrasound Bill

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 15:54

A Tennessee bill (HB 2) that would require a women seeking an abortion to receive a mandatory ultrasound and have the images displayed to her by the provider has been withdrawn for the year, the AP/Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Tenn. Lawmaker Withdraws Mandatory Ultrasound Bill

April 1, 2015 — A Tennessee bill (HB 2) that would require a women seeking an abortion to receive a mandatory ultrasound and have the images displayed to her by the provider has been withdrawn for the year, the AP/Lexington Herald-Leader reports (AP/Lexington Herald Leader, 3/31).

Bill Background

The bill, introduced by state Rep. Rick Womick (R), would require a woman to undergo an ultrasound 72 to 24 hours before an abortion. In addition, it would mandate that doctors show the ultrasound image to the woman and describe it to her if she chooses not to look. It also would require technicians to make the fetal heartbeat audible. Womick introduced the measure after Tennessee residents last November approved a ballot initiative (Amendment 1) specifying that there is no right to abortion in the state constitution.

Earlier this year, Womick said he planned to alter the ultrasound bill in response to a legal analysis by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery (R). The analysis said new abortion laws could not impose an "undue burden" on women seeking abortions, based on the standard set by the U.S. Supreme Court (Women's Health Policy Report, 2/18).

Withdrawal Details

The Tennessee House Health Subcommittee on Tuesday was prepared to send the bill to study committee. However, the panel agreed at Womick's request to reschedule the bill for the subcommittee's first meeting in 2016, the AP/Herald-Leader reports.

According to the AP/Herald-Leader, several committee members had expressed concern that the mandatory delay in the bill could conflict with another measure that aims to implement a 48-hour mandatory delay before abortions (AP/Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/31).

Opinion: Lawmakers 'Not Going To Overturn Roe'

"[T]he General Assembly is trying to thread a few needles in its efforts to increase regulation of abortion in Tennessee," but state lawmakers "are not going to overturn Roe v. Wade," a Murfreesboro Daily News Journal editorial states.

According to the editorial, state lawmakers have proposed several antiabortion-rights measures in the aftermath of Amendment 1, including Womick's bill, a 48-hour mandatory delay bill, a biased counseling measure (SB 13) and a "[r]equirement [SB 50] that all clinics providing 50 or more abortions per year be certified as ambulatory surgical centers."

However, the editorial notes that Slatery's analysis has provided state lawmakers with "appropriate warning ... that whatever they approve will need to pass federal court review." The editorial urges state lawmakers to "spend as much time on improving a variety of services to mothers and their children as trying to buck federal law" (Murfreesboro Daily News Journal, 3/31).


Ark. Senate Approves Bill To Extend Mandatory Delay, Require Biased Counseling

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 14:59

The Arkansas Senate has voted 26-4 to approve a bill (HB 1578) that would extend the mandatory delay period before a woman can obtain an abortion from 24 hours to 48 hours, among other provisions, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Ark. Senate Approves Bill To Extend Mandatory Delay, Require Biased Counseling

April 1, 2015 — The Arkansas Senate has voted 26-4 to approve a bill (HB 1578) that would extend the mandatory delay period before a woman can obtain an abortion from 24 hours to 48 hours, among other provisions, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

A spokesperson for Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said the governor, who has previously approved antiabortion-rights legislation, is reviewing the proposal. If the bill is enacted, Arkansas would become the second state to impose a 48-hour mandatory delay. Three states have passed 72-hour delays.

Bill Details

The 48-hour delay would begin after the woman meets with a physician about an abortion. Under the bill, the initial meeting must be in person, meaning that the woman would have to make a minimum of two trips to the abortion clinic.

In addition, physicians would have to talk to women about alternatives to abortion, discuss potential health risks and give a probable physical description of the fetus (DeMillo, AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 3/30).


Op-Ed: Young Decision Shows Liberals, Conservatives Together Can Advance Women's Rights

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 14:56

The Supreme Court's decision in Young v. UPS that "lightened the burden for women who sue their employers under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act [PL 95-555]" is "a significant reminder of what a coalition of liberals and social conservatives ... can achieve when they come together ... to advance policies that promote women's rights and support for the family," Naomi Schoenbaum writes in a Politico opinion piece.

Op-Ed: Young Decision Shows Liberals, Conservatives Together Can Advance Women's Rights

April 1, 2015 — The Supreme Court's decision in Young v. UPS that "lightened the burden for women who sue their employers under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act [PL 95-555]" is "a significant reminder of what a coalition of liberals and social conservatives ... can achieve when they come together ... to advance policies that promote women's rights and support for the family," Naomi Schoenbaum writes in a Politico opinion piece.

Schoenbaum, an associate professor of law at the George Washington University School of Law, notes that similar coalitions have come together before to advance women's rights both "in the courts" and "in the legislature," including the PDA in 1978, the Family Medical Leave Act (PL 103-3) in 1993 and recent state laws "providing more expansive pregnancy protections than the PDA requires."

Schoenbaum adds that cooperation between liberals and conservatives could provide the opportunity to advance more policies that are beneficial to women and families, including the "Pregnant Workers Fairness Act [S 942, HR 1975], which would provide broader pregnancy protections than the PDA at the federal level."

Both liberals and conservatives, she writes, "can be brought together because of a similar care: that families -- both fathers and mothers -- should not have to choose between the job they need and the care of their children" (Schoenbaum, Politico, 3/31).


Texas Lawmakers Propose Budget Amendments To Defund Alternatives to Abortion Program

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 14:38

Texas lawmakers have filed several amendments to the state budget (HB 1) that aim to defund the state's Alternatives to Abortion program, the Texas Tribune reports.

Texas Lawmakers Propose Budget Amendments To Defund Alternatives to Abortion Program

April 1, 2015 — Texas lawmakers have filed several amendments to the state budget (HB 1) that aim to defund the state's Alternatives to Abortion program, the Texas Tribune reports.

Program Background

The Alternatives to Abortion program offers "pregnancy and parenting information" to low-income women. Through the program, the state works with the Texas Pregnancy Care Network, which operates crisis pregnancy centers, maternity homes and adoption agencies. It has served about 110,000 individuals since September 2006.

The proposed House budget would give the program $9.15 million annually in 2016 and 2017, an increase from $5.15 million in the previous budget.

Proposed Amendments

An amendment filed by Women's Health Caucus Chair Rep. Jessica Farrar (D) would defund the program completely. She said that through the program, the state is allocating more money to "coerce women" into a "political ideology instead of providing information and services." She noted this is occurring when the state is reducing women's access to health services.

Farrar has also filed an amendment calling for an audit of the program. "I think it's troublesome that here we are going to almost double funding for a program that has not proven to be successful in any way," she said.

Other amendments to the budget would reallocate more than $8 million slated for the Alternatives to Abortion program to family planning services and programs for individuals with disabilities, according to the Tribune. State Rep. Chris Turner (D), one of the lawmakers who filed the amendments, said there is "little regulation, no accountability and no requirement to offer actual medical services" at facilities that participate in Alternatives to Abortion.

Meanwhile, conservatives have filed amendments that would increase funding for the program. One would boost funding by $3.35 million per year by cutting money from the state Commission on Environmental Quality, while a separate amendment would increase funding by $3.35 million through cuts to an arts program in the governor's office.

State Rep. Dade Phelan (R), who proposed one of the funding increases, said, "They've done a good job with what we've given over the last 10 years. I think whatever increase we can give them is well-warranted."

Another amendment would rename the program Pregnancy and Parenting Services (Ura/Walters, Texas Tribune, 3/30).


New Abortion Clinic Aims To Destigmatize Procedure

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 14:35

An abortion clinic opening soon in the Washington, D.C., metro area aims to help destigmatize the procedure by minimizing the medical feel of the space and advertising in a frank manner, the Washington Post reports.

New Abortion Clinic Aims To Destigmatize Procedure

April 1, 2015 — An abortion clinic opening soon in the Washington, D.C., metro area aims to help destigmatize the procedure by minimizing the medical feel of the space and advertising in a frank manner, the Washington Post reports.

Clinic Details

The clinic, run by Carafem and located in suburban Maryland, will offer only medication abortions and serve patients who are no more than 10 weeks pregnant. During the course of a 60-minute appointment, patients will receive the initial pill in the medication abortion regimen after receiving standard tests and counseling services. The patients then will be provided with the second medication to take the following day at home.

Patients will be able to book appointments via the Internet or a 24-hour phone hotline, and appointments will be available in the evening and on weekends.

In addition, the clinic's advertising is direct in stating that the clinic offers abortion services, part of a broader push among reproductive rights supporters to talk about abortions in a frank and open way. For example, an advertisement that will appear in the D.C. area reads, "Abortion. Yeah, we do that."

Carafem President and CEO Christopher Purdy said that he hopes to open Carafem facilities in other states if the clinic is successful.

Inspiration from Overseas

Purdy said he got the idea for starting Carafem after spending more than 10 years with a not-for-profit group that helps promote HIV prevention and family planning services in developing nations. He said that receiving an abortion abroad in certain countries is sometimes as straightforward as going to a pharmacy but that it is often much more difficult in the U.S. (Somashekhar, Washington Post, 3/30).


Featured Blog

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 18:04

"Repro Wrap: Abortion Reversals are Apparently a Thing and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 3/27).

March 31, 2015

FEATURED BLOG

"Repro Wrap: Abortion Reversals are Apparently a Thing and Other News," Robin Marty, Care2: Marty rounds up reproductive rights news from around the country, including the passage of an Arizona bill (SB 1318) with a provision that would mandate that health care providers tell women it is possible to "reverse a medication abortion." Physicians' objections that the claim is "asinine" and not medically supported "are unlikely to stop additional legislatures from taking up the cause," according to Marty. Among other news, Marty notes that a "Wisconsin judge has permanently blocked the state's admitting privileges" law (Act 37), while Ohio's latest proposed "ban [HB 69] on abortions when a heartbeat can be detected" passed the state House but "may once more die in the [state] Senate" (Marty, Care2, 3/27).

What others are saying about abortion restrictions: ~ "Pro-Choice Advocates on Radical Kansas Abortion Law: 'We've Never Seen This Language Before,'" Teddy Wilson, RH Reality Check.

~ "Montana House Moves To Preemptively Ban Telemedical Abortion, But There is Good News," Maggie Moran, National Partnership for Women & Families blog.

~ "Cancer Survivors Who Relied On Planned Parenthood's Treatment Tell Texas Not To Defund It," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."


Texas Bills Target Judicial Bypass Under Parental Involvement Law

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 18:01

Conservative lawmakers in Texas have filed several bills seeking to increase publicly available information and requirements related to the judicial bypass process under the state's parental involvement requirements, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Texas Bills Target Judicial Bypass Under Parental Involvement Law

March 31, 2015 — Conservative lawmakers in Texas have filed several bills seeking to increase publicly available information and requirements related to the judicial bypass process under the state's parental involvement requirements, the Dallas Morning News reports.

According to the Morning News, the bills have been submitted to a House committee but hearings have not been scheduled.

Background

Currently, minors can apply for a bypass in any Texas county.

According to the Morning News, the proceedings remain confidential to protect minors. The state does not track how many cases there are annually or which judges have ruled on the cases.

Legislation Details

One bill (HB 1942), proposed by state Rep. Ron Simmons (R), would make public the names of judges who rule in favor of a bypass. Another bill (HB 2531), proposed by state Rep. Matt Krause (R), would track data on the number of judicial bypasses granted, appealed or denied in each county.

In addition, a third bill (HB 3994), proposed by state Rep. Geanie Morrison (R), would place restrictions on where a minor is able to apply for a bypass. Under Morrison's bill, minors would only be able to apply for an exemption in their county of residence, an adjacent county if their home county has fewer than 10,000 residents or the county where they plan to have the abortion.

Krause also proposed another, similar measure that would restrict a minor from applying anywhere besides her home county.

Comments

Ben Lancaster, Simmons' chief of staff, said HB 1942 seeks to hold judges accountable to the public. "Nobody knows what decisions [judges] make ... because the decisions aren't public," he said.

Separately, Elizabeth Nash, a state policy analyst at the Guttmacher Institute, said making such information public "raises a lot of red flags when you start asking for very specific information about the judge or the county or the type of court." She added, "That could potentially be used against [judges] and could be a way to encourage judges not to grant these petitions."

Nash noted that if the bill is passed, Texas would be the first state to make judges' names public in such a manner (Martin, Dallas Morning News, 3/27).


Maine Lawmakers Consider Bill To Expand Medicaid Reproductive Health Coverage

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 18:00

A Maine legislative committee is considering a measure (LD 319) that would expand coverage for reproductive health services to state residents with incomes below 209% of the federal poverty level, MPBN News reports.

Maine Lawmakers Consider Bill To Expand Medicaid Reproductive Health Coverage

March 31, 2015 — A Maine legislative committee is considering a measure (LD 319) that would expand coverage for reproductive health services to state residents with incomes below 209% of the federal poverty level, MPBN News reports.

Women at that income level currently only qualify for reproductive health coverage if they become pregnant, according to MPBN News (Wight, MPBN News, 3/26).

Under the bill, eligible state residents could obtain reproductive health services at any health care provider that accepts MaineCare, the state's Medicaid program. The coverage would include annual exams, contraception and cancer screenings but not abortion care (Leigh, WCSH, 3/26).

The state Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee has held a public hearing on the measure and is scheduled to further consider the legislation on Thursday during a work session.

Comments

Bill sponsor state Rep. Jay McCreight (D) said that the bill would help to reduce unintended pregnancy, which she said has "significant implications for social mobility and is associated with higher poverty rates, less family stability, and worse outcomes for children."

Bill co-sponsor state Sen. Roger Katz (R) noted that the bill would produce savings for the state. The proposed measure would save Maine about $100,000 during the first year of enactment and between $2 million and $3 million over three years, according to estimates.

Similarly, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England's Nicole Clegg said, "There's really no other measure that the [state] Legislature is going to consider this session that's going to have as dramatic an impact on public assistance as this one will."

Meanwhile, opponents of the bill have said that it would provide funding to organizations that perform abortions, including Planned Parenthood. In addition, opponents have noted that the health plans under the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) include coverage for reproductive health care. Gov. Paul LePage (R) vetoed a similar measure on such grounds in 2014, according to MPBN News.

However, Kate Brogan, vice president for public affairs at the Family Planning Association of Maine, said that the bill is still necessary to provide coverage to the uninsured. She added that the 30 other states that passed similar bills have seen savings, reduced abortion rates and reduced unplanned pregnancy rates (MPBN News, 3/26).


Ariz. Governor Signs Antiabortion-Rights Bill

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 17:59

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Monday signed a bill (SB 1318) into law that will require physicians to share medically unproven information with patients seeking medication abortions, among other abortion restrictions, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

Ariz. Governor Signs Antiabortion-Rights Bill

March 31, 2015 — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Monday signed a bill (SB 1318) into law that will require physicians to share medically unproven information with patients seeking medication abortions, among other abortion restrictions, the AP/U-T San Diego reports (Christie/Van Velzer, AP/U-T San Diego, 3/30).

Law Details

One provision in the law will bar women in the state from purchasing health plans that include abortion coverage on the Affordable Care Act's (PL 111-148) insurance marketplace. The restrictions do not apply to pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, or when a pregnancy threatens a woman's life.

In addition, the law includes a provision that will require physicians to tell women medically unproven statements about being able to reverse a medication abortion. Specifically, providers will be required to state that administering high doses of progesterone could reverse a medication abortion (Women's Health Policy Report, 3/27). According to the AP/U-T San Diego, the provision is the first of its kind to become law in the U.S. (AP/U-T San Diego, 3/30).

The law also will require that physicians provide documentation to the state Department of Health Services showing that they have hospital admitting privileges (Women's Health Policy Report, 3/27). The records will not be made available to the public (Wingett Sanchez, Arizona Republic, 3/30).

Comments

Ducey said the legislation "provides clarity to state law" on not "subsidizing" abortion with public funding (AP/U-T San Diego, 3/30). However, opponents have said that public funding already does not support abortion procedures (Women's Health Policy Report, 3/27).

Cynde Cerf, director of communications and marketing at Planned Parenthood of Arizona, said the measure would increase costs for women seeking a health plan that includes abortion coverage (Arizona Republic, 3/30).

Opponents of the medication abortion provision have called the claim "junk science," Reuters reports.

Meanwhile, supporters of the provision claim there is evidence that medication abortions can be reversed, but they have not identified any peer-reviewed scientific studies that support that assertion, according to Reuters (Schwartz, Reuters, 3/30).

PPAZ President Bryan Howard said in a statement, "Instead of delivering on his campaign promises to reduce the negative stigma our state has taken on because of extreme and out-of-touch politics, Gov. Ducey has put Arizona once again in the national spotlight for interfering in the medical decisions of women" (AP/U-T San Diego, 3/30).

Howard said PPAZ would fight the law through "all of our options, including litigation" (Reuters, 3/30).


Blogs Comment on Women Taking Repro Rights 'Into Their Own Hands,' Ariz. 'Abortion Reversals' Bill, More

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 15:47

Read some of the week's best commentaries from bloggers at RH Reality Check, Care2 and more.

Blogs Comment on Women Taking Repro Rights 'Into Their Own Hands,' Ariz. 'Abortion Reversals' Bill, More

March 31, 2015 — Read some of the week's best commentaries from bloggers at RH Reality Check, Care2 and more.

ABORTION-RIGHTS MOVEMENT: "How Women Took Their Reproductive Rights Into Their Own Hands," Leila Hessini, RH Reality Check: In recognition of women's history month this March, "it's time we honor the contributions of the international 'sheroes' who have been leaders on spreading information about the use of pills to safely terminate a pregnancy," writes Hessini, board chair of Ipas' Global Fund for Women and director of community mobilization and women's organizing for Ipas. She explains that misoprostol, "a pill available over-the-counter in many countries" to treat stomach ulcers, is also "a safe, low-cost, and easy-to-use method to terminate early pregnancies." Further, "[b]ecause misoprostol's effects mirror that of spontaneous miscarriage, it isn't easily detectable," which "is an advantage for people in nations where attempting to self-induce an abortion or using misoprostol in this way is against existing laws," she adds. Word about misoprostol has spread around the globe through informal networks and women's grassroots advocacy, Hessini writes, adding, "These women, our sheroes, are among the drivers of some of the most innovative approaches to the biggest issues of our time" (Hessini, RH Reality Check, 3/27).

ABORTION RESTRICTIONS: "Repro Wrap: Abortion Reversals are Apparently a Thing and Other News," Robin Marty, Care2: Marty rounds up reproductive rights news from around the country, including the passage of an Arizona bill (SB 1318) with a provision that would mandate that health care providers tell women it is possible to "reverse a medication abortion." Physicians' objections that the claim is "asinine" and not medically supported "are unlikely to stop additional legislatures from taking up the cause," according to Marty. Among other news, Marty notes that a "Wisconsin judge has permanently blocked the state's admitting privileges" law (Act 37), while Ohio's latest proposed "ban [HB 69] on abortions when a heartbeat can be detected" passed the state House but "may once more die in the [state] Senate" (Marty, Care2, 3/27).

What others are saying about abortion restrictions: ~ "Pro-Choice Advocates on Radical Kansas Abortion Law: 'We've Never Seen This Language Before,'" Teddy Wilson, RH Reality Check.

~ "Montana House Moves To Preemptively Ban Telemedical Abortion, But There is Good News," Maggie Moran, National Partnership for Women & Families blog.

~ "Cancer Survivors Who Relied On Planned Parenthood's Treatment Tell Texas Not To Defund It," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION: "Pregnant Workers Need More Than Lip Service," Emily Martin, National Women's Law Center's "Womenstake": The Senate last Thursday "unanimously voted for providing pregnant workers with a right to workplace accommodations" in a budget amendment, but "the measure is nonbinding and purely symbolic -- unless the Senators who voted for it are held accountable for supporting the real thing," writes Martin, vice president and general counsel at the National Women's Law Center. Martin explains that while the amendment's unanimous Senate passage is "good news" and "a great first step," the senators need to "follow up their words with action" by supporting the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (S 942, HR 1975), which "will be reintroduced next month." She notes that the bill, which "would clarify and strengthen pregnant workers' rights and ensure that no woman has to choose between a job and a healthy pregnancy," has "attracted strong Democratic support in past Congresses" but that a lack of support from conservative lawmakers "has meant that it cannot move forward." Martin adds that "the vote last week confirms that need not be the case" (Martin, "Womenstake," NWLC, 3/30).

CONTRACEPTION: "Millennial Christians are More Socially Progressive Than You Might Expect, Shattering Some Conservative Stereotypes," Emma Cueto, Bustle: Cueto writes about "a recent survey of US adults between the ages of 18 and 35 from the Public Religion Research Institute" that found millennials are "overwhelmingly unopposed" to contraception. Further, the survey found "majority support" for contraception "among millennials in every major Christian denomination, even among Catholic millennials," Cueto writes. In addition, she notes that the survey found millennials "are far more hesitant than previous generations to label themselves as pro-life" (Cueto, Bustle, 3/28).

ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY: "Making the Case for Employee-Covered Fertility Treatment," Stephanie Vozza, Fast Company's "Second Shift": According to national CDC data from 2010, "1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility, but less than 30% of employers provide coverage for treatments," Vozza writes, adding that while "15 states require employers to offer fertility coverage ... benefits vary." Vozza discusses the issue with various leaders in the human resources and fertility treatment fields, noting that Gina Bartasi, CEO and founder of the fertility-information website FertilityAuthority, "hasn't seen much change in the number of companies offering fertility benefits since her organization was founded six years ago." However, Vozza writes that "[g]etting more companies to offer coverage might have a simple solution," citing a 2006 survey by Resolve that found that the companies "that offer coverage reported that the number one reason it had been added was because an employee asked for it." Further, according to Bartasi, employers who decide to offer such coverage can use it as "a recruiting and retention tool," Vozza writes (Vozza, "Second Shift," Fast Company, 3/30).


Ariz. Governor Signs Antiabortion-Rights Bill

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 15:24

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Monday signed a bill (SB 1318) into law that will require physicians to share medically unproven information with patients seeking medication abortions, among other abortion restrictions, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

Ariz. Governor Signs Antiabortion-Rights Bill

March 31, 2015 — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Monday signed a bill (SB 1318) into law that will require physicians to share medically unproven information with patients seeking medication abortions, among other abortion restrictions, the AP/U-T San Diego reports (Christie/Van Velzer, AP/U-T San Diego, 3/30).

Law Details

One provision in the law will bar women in the state from purchasing health plans that include abortion coverage on the Affordable Care Act's (PL 111-148) insurance marketplace. The restrictions do not apply to pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, or when a pregnancy threatens a woman's life.

In addition, the law includes a provision that will require physicians to tell women medically unproven statements about being able to reverse a medication abortion. Specifically, providers will be required to state that administering high doses of progesterone could reverse a medication abortion (Women's Health Policy Report, 3/27). According to the AP/U-T San Diego, the provision is the first of its kind to become law in the U.S. (AP/U-T San Diego, 3/30).

The law also will require that physicians provide documentation to the state Department of Health Services showing that they have hospital admitting privileges (Women's Health Policy Report, 3/27). The records will not be made available to the public (Wingett Sanchez, Arizona Republic, 3/30).

Comments

Ducey said the legislation "provides clarity to state law" on not "subsidizing" abortion with public funding (AP/U-T San Diego, 3/30). However, opponents have said that public funding already does not support abortion procedures (Women's Health Policy Report, 3/27).

Cynde Cerf, director of communications and marketing at Planned Parenthood of Arizona, said the measure would increase costs for women seeking a health plan that includes abortion coverage (Arizona Republic, 3/30).

Opponents of the medication abortion provision have called the claim "junk science," Reuters reports.

Meanwhile, supporters of the provision claim there is evidence that medication abortions can be reversed, but they have not identified any peer-reviewed scientific studies that support that assertion, according to Reuters (Schwartz, Reuters, 3/30).

PPAZ President Bryan Howard said in a statement, "Instead of delivering on his campaign promises to reduce the negative stigma our state has taken on because of extreme and out-of-touch politics, Gov. Ducey has put Arizona once again in the national spotlight for interfering in the medical decisions of women" (AP/U-T San Diego, 3/30).

Howard said PPAZ would fight the law through "all of our options, including litigation" (Reuters, 3/30).


Maine Lawmakers Consider Bill To Expand Medicaid Reproductive Health Coverage

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 15:22

A Maine legislative committee is considering a measure (LD 319) that would expand coverage for reproductive health services to state residents with incomes below 209% of the federal poverty level, MPBN News reports.

Maine Lawmakers Consider Bill To Expand Medicaid Reproductive Health Coverage

March 31, 2015 — A Maine legislative committee is considering a measure (LD 319) that would expand coverage for reproductive health services to state residents with incomes below 209% of the federal poverty level, MPBN News reports.

Women at that income level currently only qualify for reproductive health coverage if they become pregnant, according to MPBN News (Wight, MPBN News, 3/26).

Under the bill, eligible state residents could obtain reproductive health services at any health care provider that accepts MaineCare, the state's Medicaid program. The coverage would include annual exams, contraception and cancer screenings but not abortion care (Leigh, WCSH, 3/26).

The state Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee has held a public hearing on the measure and is scheduled to further consider the legislation on Thursday during a work session.

Comments

Bill sponsor state Rep. Jay McCreight (D) said that the bill would help to reduce unintended pregnancy, which she said has "significant implications for social mobility and is associated with higher poverty rates, less family stability, and worse outcomes for children."

Bill co-sponsor state Sen. Roger Katz (R) noted that the bill would produce savings for the state. The proposed measure would save Maine about $100,000 during the first year of enactment and between $2 million and $3 million over three years, according to estimates.

Similarly, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England's Nicole Clegg said, "There's really no other measure that the [state] Legislature is going to consider this session that's going to have as dramatic an impact on public assistance as this one will."

Meanwhile, opponents of the bill have said that it would provide funding to organizations that perform abortions, including Planned Parenthood. In addition, opponents have noted that the health plans under the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) include coverage for reproductive health care. Gov. Paul LePage (R) vetoed a similar measure on such grounds in 2014, according to MPBN News.

However, Kate Brogan, vice president for public affairs at the Family Planning Association of Maine, said that the bill is still necessary to provide coverage to the uninsured. She added that the 30 other states that passed similar bills have seen savings, reduced abortion rates and reduced unplanned pregnancy rates (MPBN News, 3/26).


Erie Diocese Requests En Banc Review of Contraceptive Coverage Ruling

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 15:20

The Catholic Diocese of Erie, Pa., has asked a federal appeals court to review an earlier decision that upheld the federal government's contraceptive coverage accommodations for not-for-profits that hold themselves out as religious, the Erie Times News reports.

Erie Diocese Requests En Banc Review of Contraceptive Coverage Ruling

March 31, 2015 — The Catholic Diocese of Erie, Pa., has asked a federal appeals court to review an earlier decision that upheld the federal government's contraceptive coverage accommodations for not-for-profits that hold themselves out as religious, the Erie Times News reports (Palattella, Erie Times News, 3/27).

Case Background

The accommodation aims to ensure that enrollees in health plans for not-for-profits that hold themselves out as religious and oppose contraception still have access to contraceptive coverage benefits under the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148). The accommodation enables such not-for-profits to notify their insurer or third-party administrator of their objection so the insurer or third-party administrator can facilitate contraceptive coverage for members of their health plans.

In separate lawsuits filed in 2013, Geneva College -- an institution affiliated with the Reformed Presbyterian Church -- and the Catholic Dioceses of Pittsburgh and Erie, along with their affiliated schools and charities, challenged the accommodation as inadequate. Separate courts granted Geneva College a preliminary injunction and the dioceses a permanent injunction. The Department of Justice in February 2014 then appealed both cases to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

Last month, a three-judge panel for the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court unanimously ruled that "the accommodation places no substantial burden on the appellees." As a result, the panel found that the accommodation does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (PL 103-141) (Women's Health Policy Report, 2/12).

Request Details

In its filing, the diocese has asked that the case be reheard before the full 3rd Circuit. If the request is denied, the diocese could ask the Supreme Court to hear the case (Erie Times News, 3/27).


Texas Bills Target Judicial Bypass Under Parental Involvement Law

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 15:16

Conservative lawmakers in Texas have filed several bills seeking to increase publicly available information and requirements related to the judicial bypass process under the state's parental involvement requirements, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Texas Bills Target Judicial Bypass Under Parental Involvement Law

March 31, 2015 — Conservative lawmakers in Texas have filed several bills seeking to increase publicly available information and requirements related to the judicial bypass process under the state's parental involvement requirements, the Dallas Morning News reports.

According to the Morning News, the bills have been submitted to a House committee but hearings have not been scheduled.

Background

Currently, minors can apply for a bypass in any Texas county.

According to the Morning News, the proceedings remain confidential to protect minors. The state does not track how many cases there are annually or which judges have ruled on the cases.

Legislation Details

One bill (HB 1942), proposed by state Rep. Ron Simmons (R), would make public the names of judges who rule in favor of a bypass. Another bill (HB 2531), proposed by state Rep. Matt Krause (R), would track data on the number of judicial bypasses granted, appealed or denied in each county.

In addition, a third bill (HB 3994), proposed by state Rep. Geanie Morrison (R), would place restrictions on where a minor is able to apply for a bypass. Under Morrison's bill, minors would only be able to apply for an exemption in their county of residence, an adjacent county if their home county has fewer than 10,000 residents or the county where they plan to have the abortion.

Krause also proposed another, similar measure that would restrict a minor from applying anywhere besides her home county.

Comments

Ben Lancaster, Simmons' chief of staff, said HB 1942 seeks to hold judges accountable to the public. "Nobody knows what decisions [judges] make ... because the decisions aren't public," he said.

Separately, Elizabeth Nash, a state policy analyst at the Guttmacher Institute, said making such information public "raises a lot of red flags when you start asking for very specific information about the judge or the county or the type of court." She added, "That could potentially be used against [judges] and could be a way to encourage judges not to grant these petitions."

Nash noted that if the bill is passed, Texas would be the first state to make judges' names public in such a manner (Martin, Dallas Morning News, 3/27).


Ariz. Bill Adds To 'Long List' of Misinformation in Anti-Choice Laws

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 19:49

If signed by the governor, an Arizona bill (SB 1318) requiring physicians to tell women that a medication abortion can be reversed would "join a long list of information that" Arizona physicians "are forced to relay to patients seeking an abortion -- much of which providers know to be misleading and aimed ... at dissuading women from choosing the procedure," Brandy Zadrozny writes in the Daily Beast.

Commentary: Ariz. Bill Adds To 'Long List' of Misinformation in Anti-Choice Laws

March 30, 2015 — If signed by the governor, an Arizona bill (SB 1318) requiring physicians to tell women that a medication abortion can be reversed would "join a long list of information that" Arizona physicians "are forced to relay to patients seeking an abortion -- much of which providers know to be misleading and aimed ... at dissuading women from choosing the procedure," Brandy Zadrozny writes in the Daily Beast.

The measure in question would require that physicians "tell a patient receiving a medical abortion that she can change her mind, even after the abortion is underway," Zadrozny explains. Specifically, under the bill, "at least 24 hours before a woman takes Mifepristone -- the first of two medications taken to complete a medical abortion -- a doctor must inform a patient 'orally and in person' that 'it may be possible to reverse the effects of a medication abortion if the woman changes her mind but that time is of the essence,'" she writes.

The clause was incorporated into the bill, which also restricts abortion coverage, after testimony from an antiabortion-rights obstetrician who "testified before the legislature that he had personally reversed a woman's abortion by administering a high dosage of the hormone Progesterone," Zadrozny continues. "Despite the lack of scientific support, the measure passed both chambers," she notes.

Zadrozny spoke with women's health experts about the claims and laws that force doctors to provide biased counseling to patients. Anne Davis, an abortion provider and advocate with Physicians for Reproductive Health, said, "'[W]e are being forced to tell patients about a treatment that is untested, unproven, for something that addresses a created need.'" Davis adds, "'If you had told me 10 years ago people would have to practice like this I wouldn't have believed it.'"

Further, Utah ob-gyn Leah Torres noted, "'No one has to go through state-mandated information for'" other procedures, such as colonoscopies, prostate surgery and breast augmentation. Zadrozny, paraphrasing Torres, writes that abortion restrictions such as mandatory delays and biased counseling "convey two things: Pregnant people are stupid and doctors who perform this procedure can't be trusted" (Zadrozny, Daily Beast, 3/27).


Ark. House Approves Bill To Block Public Funding for Women's Health Clinics

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 19:46

The Arkansas House on Thursday voted 70-8 to approve a bill that would prohibit health centers that offer abortions or provide abortion referrals from receiving state or federal funds, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Ark. House Approves Bill To Block Public Funding for Women's Health Clinics

March 30, 2015 — The Arkansas House on Thursday voted 70-8 to approve a bill that would prohibit health centers that offer abortions or provide abortion referrals from receiving state or federal funds, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports (AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 3/26).

The state Senate approved the measure earlier this month.

Specifically, the measure would bar the state from distributing grants to individuals or entities that offer abortion services, counseling or referrals, or that have affiliations with such individuals or entities. The measure would not apply to funds provided through the state's Medicaid program. In addition, the bill would not affect funding for medical schools, universities or hospitals (Women's Health Policy Report, 3/11).