Indiana Judge Rules Medicaid Must Cover Medically Necessary Abortions
A county judge in Indiana ruled in favor of two women’s health clinics that filed a suit in August of 1999 arguing that the state’s Medicare policies discriminated against low-income women with certain health conditions. Current state law allows Medicare to cover abortions when a woman’s life is in danger and in instances of rape or incest, but under no other circumstances. According to attorneys with the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy who assisted in the case in Indiana, the clinics’ argument hinged on the fact that women who have medical conditions such as diabetes or cancer would face serious health problems if forced to carry their pregnancies to term. And because Medicare covers all necessary medical care, not covering medically necessary abortions is unconstitutional.
Media Resources: Associated Press – October 18, 2000
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .