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Stated Clerk Files Amicus Brief in Kentucky Case
22 May 1996 15:14:34
16 May 1996
96181 Stated Clerk Files Amicus Brief in Kentucky Case on
Medicaid Funding for Abortions
by Jerry L. Van Marter
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--Stated Clerk the Rev. James E. Andrews has joined in an
amicus brief in Kentucky, supporting two women who are challenging state
laws that prohibit the use of Medicaid funds for abortion in medically
necessary cases. The brief also challenged the ban on the performance of
such abortions in Kentucky public hospitals.
Both women in the case faced serious health hazards if they continued
their pregnancies. One woman was recovering from a recent kidney
transplant and her doctor had advised her against continuing her pregnancy.
The other woman was carrying an anencephalic fetus with no hope of
The Commonwealth of Kentucky's Medicaid program denied the use of
Medicaid funds or the use of a public hospital for either abortion.
Andrews' brief cited the 1992 General Assembly's position that "no law
or administrative decision should limit or prohibit public funding for
necessary abortions for the socially and economically disadvantaged." It
also noted, however, the denomination's position that abortion should not
be used as birth control.
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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