State-Level Abortion And Medicaid Restrictions Are ‘Frightening,’ Sebelius Says
Kathleen Sebelius, a former Health and Human Services secretary, blasts Missouri and Kansas lawmakers' policies on Medicaid expansion and funding of Planned Parenthood. In related news, a federal judge temporarily blocks Ohio officials from taking action against Planned Parenthood.
The Kansas City Star:
Sebelius Decries 'Difficult And Demeaning' Abortion Access Laws
Reproductive rights supporters need to fully realize how health care choices for women continue to be eroded, Kathleen Sebelius said Monday in Kansas City. “What is happening at the state level is frightening,” the former U.S. Health and Human Services secretary and Kansas governor told 150 health care officials, medical students and others during a Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri conference. ... Sebelius also said the refusal by Kansas and Missouri lawmakers to expand Medicaid represents “playing politics with peoples’ lives, I think, in the most irresponsible way possible. It is morally repugnant and economically stupid policy for both Missouri and Kansas.” (Burnes, 12/14)
The Associated Press:
Disposal Of Fetal Tissue Debated In Court, Ohio Statehouse
A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked Ohio officials from taking legal action against Planned Parenthood to enforce fetal tissue disposal rules, and Republican state lawmakers proposed new regulations for such disposal. The actions at the Ohio Statehouse and Columbus federal court comes after state Attorney General Mike DeWine’s investigation into Planned Parenthood facilities. (Sanner, 12/14)