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Funding And Insurance Coverage Issues Are Among Key Abortion Battlegrounds

News outlets report on the latest developments related to congressional Republican efforts to cut Planned Parenthood funding and state efforts to prohibit health insurance plans sold in their new marketplaces from covering abortion services.

The Fiscal Times: Abortion and Health Services: Cuts That May Cost
Republican efforts to cut more than $600 million in spending for Planned Parenthood and other health care services for low-income, uninsured women has touched off a political battle on Capitol Hill pitting women's advocacy groups and Democrats against conservative forces seeking to eliminate funds for abortions and birth control (Hirsch, 3/9).

The Washington Post: New Fronts Open In Abortion Wars
A year after its passage, the health care overhaul is opening fresh battlefields in an old and bitter debate. Almost immediately after the law came into effect, five states passed bills that will prohibit private health insurance plans sold on its new state-based insurance marketplaces from covering abortion, except in dire circumstances such as to save the mother's life (Aizenman, 3/11).

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