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Judge refuses to block Kan. abortion insurance law
Judge refuses to grant ACLU's request to block enforcement of Kansas abortion insurance law
By The Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) ' Women seeking abortions in Kansas will have to pay for the procedure or get extra insurance after a judge refused to block a new law that restricts insurance coverage for abortions.

The law prohibits insurance companies from offering abortion coverage as part of general health plans, except when a woman's life is at risk. Women who want abortion coverage must buy supplemental policies.

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state, arguing that lawmakers' true intent was to create obstacles for woman seeking abortions. It was seeking a temporary injunction, but a judge ruled Thursday that the group failed to prove its claims.

The law is among several major anti-abortion initiatives approved this year in Kansas. Two have been temporarily blocked, including one that would impose stricter regulations on abortion clinics.

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