Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Feminist Wire (Ms. Magazine): Montana, New Jersey Cut Funds for Family Planning:
A hearing has been set for May for the lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of Montana against the state of Montana over its denial of birth control for teenage girls who are insured by the state's low-income health insurance program for minors, Healthy Montana Kids. The Associated Press reports that girls insured by Healthy Montana Kids are prohibited from obtaining the drug through its public insurance program if they are using it solely to prevent pregnancy. They can obtain the drug for other purposes, such as the treatment of acne or heavy menstruation. . . .
State actions preventing the allocation of funds for family planning-related programs have been prominent over the course of the past month. . . . In late September, Governor Chris Christie (R) vetoed a measure that allocated $7.5 million from reaching the state's 58 family planning clinics. Due to lack of funding, two clinics have already closed in New Jersey's Camden County, and two more Burlington County clinics are expected to close this month.