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Thu May 10, 2012, 01:44 PM

Montana judge rules teen birth control coverage ban unconstitutional

Source: Missoulian.com {Montana}

HELENA – A Helena district judge has declared unconstitutional the state’s ban on prescription birth control
coverage for teenage girls covered under the state’s health insurance program for low-income people.

District Judge James Reynolds concluded that the state contraceptive ban for teenage girls in the Healthy Montana
Kids Program “violates the right of privacy and the rights of persons not adults set forth in the Montana Constitution.”

The Healthy Montana Kids program, formerly known as the Children’s Health Insurance Program,
insures children with family incomes up 250 percent of the federal poverty level.

“The state has failed to provide a compelling state reason for this exclusion and has failed to show how
this exclusion enhances the rights of persons not adults,” Reynolds said. “Rather, as the court determined
and as the state itself declared: reducing teenage pregnancy (is) a compelling state interest.”




Read more: http://missoulian.com/news/local/montana-judge-rules-teen-birth-control-coverage-ban-unconstitutional/article_8f07b27e-9a1a-11e1-8e03-001a4bcf887a.html



reducing teenage pregnancy (is) a compelling state interest.

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Ptah May 2012 OP
sinkingfeeling May 2012 #1
goclark May 2012 #4
4th law of robotics May 2012 #2
LiberalLoner May 2012 #3
WoodyD May 2012 #7
EFerrari May 2012 #5
WoodyD May 2012 #6
DCKit May 2012 #8

Response to Ptah (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 02:00 PM

1. I've been very surprised by Montana recently. There are some progressives

there after all!

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Thu May 10, 2012, 02:23 PM

4. Outstanding

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 02:05 PM

2. The ban was insane

 

just on a practical note: teenage girls who cannot afford birth control are exactly the population that should not be reproducing.

If they do the odds so much higher that their kids will need state assistance and/or run afoul of the law. This is a net saver in the long run.

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 02:20 PM

3. I am 6th generation Montanan

We get pretty mad at crap that harms us and is unfair. That explains a lot of recent actions from my home state.

Montana state motto: speed limits don't matter when you're driving drunk anyway

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #3)

Thu May 10, 2012, 02:44 PM

7. So true . . .

speed limits don't matter when you're driving drunk anyway


Oh, for the good old days, when open container was legal and the speed limit was "reasonable and prudent."

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 02:28 PM

5. Great news. Go, Montana!

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 02:42 PM

6. And we're going after Citizens United, too.

It's not all crazed, gun-hoarding, backwoods-cabin-dwelling, government-hating loners here. Most, but not all.

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 03:00 PM

8. Who will rid U.S. of these activist judges?

 


The way these rulings are popping up, you'd think the number of (R) strokes would be epidemic by now.

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