Challenge to a Kansas law that prohibits insurance coverage of abortion and abortion-related services. In September, 2011, the U.S. District Court denied a motion for preliminary injunction. In March 2012, the court denied a motion to dismiss and allowed the lawsuit to go forward. Current Status: In January 2013, the court ruled in favor of the state that the law was not enacted for the illegitimate purpose of infringing on a woman’s right to abortion. The court further ruled that a trial was necessary to determine if the law constituted an undue burden on a woman’s right to abortion. Later that month, the ACLU dropped its challenge to the law. (See the law here. See the 2011 court opinion here. See the 2013 court opinion here.)
Repro Health Watch — an exciting new edition of the Women’s Health Policy Report — compiles and distributes media coverage of proposed and enacted state laws and ballot initiatives affecting women's access to comprehensive reproductive health care, as well as litigation in response to those provisions.