Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Life Links 8/17/11

The ACLU has sued to stopped Kansas' law which bars insurance companies from covering elective abortions.
A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union contends the law is unconstitutional and discriminates against women because it doesn't apply similar insurance limits on men's health care needs.....

Amiri of the ACLU said the lawsuit against Kansas was the first filed against this type of law in recent years.

However in 1992, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the Missouri law, enacted in 1983, was constitutional because it did not place an undue burden on women seeking abortions.

The Missouri law barred insurers from covering elective abortions except through optional riders purchased at an additional expense.

A woman who did not purchase the optional rider was denied coverage for her elective abortion. She challenged the law and won in district court, but she lost on appeal.

The federal appeals court said the woman didn't offer evidence that abortion coverage was unavailable or too costly.

UPI is reported that the Catholic Church is granting special concessions to women who've had abortions.
The "special" concession for a pregnancy-termination act normally deemed a sin punishable by excommunication is a result of an appeal by Madrid Archbishop Antonio Maria Rouco Varela for the Vatican to offer women who had abortions access to "the fruits of divine grace that will open the doors to a new life," Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said.....

Special powers have been given to all priests in Madrid to absolve women who confess to abortion in the sacrament of penance during Benedict's four-day visit to the church's World Youth Day event, Lombardi said.

Overheard - Albert Mohler on the NY Times Magazine article on the "fetal reduction" of twins:
Euphemisms are the refuge of moral cowardice, and no euphemism is so cowardly or so deadly as "reduction" - a word that sounds like math, but really means murder.

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