By Sam Baker - 08/16/11 08:21 PM EDT
The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday filed suit to block a Kansas law restricting access to insurance coverage for abortion.
Kansas law prohibits comprehensive insurance policies from covering abortion, except to save the life of a pregnant woman. Abortion coverage can be purchased separately, but the ACLU says it’s not available to all women.
“This law is part of a nationwide trend to take away insurance coverage for a legal medical procedure that is an important part of basic healthcare for women,” said Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. “Many things can happen in a pregnancy that are beyond a woman’s control, so having insurance coverage for abortion ensures that every woman can get the health care she may need.”