Judge Orders Welfare Workers to Help 14-Year-Old Obtain Abortion
Judge William Sargeant of Maricopa County Superior Court in Arizona ordered state child welfare workers to help a 14-year-old girl obtain a late-term abortion in another state. Arizona state law bans most abortions performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Francie Noyes, spokesperson for Arizona Gov. Jane Hull, explained that the Sargeant's order is legal because "The court is acting in the role of the parents" to achieve "the girl's best interests." Anti-abortion activists complained that the ruling violates a state law that prohibits the use of state funds for abortions except in cases of medical emergencies and when pregnancies are caused by rape or incest. A spokesperson for the Arizona Department of Economic Security disagreed, citing statutory rape laws.
8/28/2014 Illinois Expands Medicaid Funding for Contraception in Wake of Hobby Lobby - The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has announced plans to expand Medicaid funding for contraception, effective October 1.
The Illinois Family Planning Action Plan would increase the amount of money set aside for health care organizations providing reproductive health care. . . .