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Kansas abortion insurance case assigned to new judge

  • Published Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at 9:35 a.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at 2:52 p.m.

— A challenge to a new Kansas law restricting insurance coverage of abortion has been assigned to a new judge following the death of the federal judge who had been overseeing the case.

U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown died last week at the age of 104. Nearly 100 civil cases that Brown was handling were reassigned Wednesday to other judges in the Kansas federal judicial district

U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia in Kansas City, Kan., will now preside over the abortion-related lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and Western Missouri.

The ACLU questions the constitutionality of a Kansas law barring insurance companies from offering abortion coverage as part of general health plans.

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