MaineCare's ban on abortion coverage was challenged at the state Supreme Court Wednesday. On behalf of three abortion providers, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maine argued that the lack of coverage for abortion coerces women who receive MaineCare to choose one type of healthcare over another.
ACLU Legal Director Zach Heiden told the justices that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) policy that blocks state funding from covering abortions is unconstitutional.
“By using state funds to coerce women to continue with a pregnancy, placing a thumb on the scale of a highly personal decision,” Heiden says. “One that should be made without state interference.”
An attorney for DHHS argued that the department's policy is consistent with federal Medicaid restrictions on abortion.
A Superior Court judge found in favor of DHHS last October.