The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging a Kansas law that prohibits insurers from covering abortion in their comprehensive plans.

Since 2010, 13 states have enacted laws that prohibit some or all insurance policies from covering abortion care, but the lawsuit (ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri v. Praeger) is the first to confront one of these laws.

"Politicians should not interfere in what should remain a private medical decision," said Kari Ann Rinker, state coordinator for the Kansas chapter of the National Organization for Women. Rinker's insurance company will eliminate coverage for abortion in her plan because of the law. "For too long, my home state of Kansas has been the epicenter of an effort to erode a woman's access to abortion. Enough is enough."

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