Maine Supreme Court hearing arguments about MaineCare abortion ban today

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine Supreme Court is set to hear arguments today on the state Medicaid program's ban against covering abortions.

The American Civil Liberties Union appealed a state court decision against the group's lawsuit filed on behalf of three abortion providers: Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center in Bangor, Maine Family Planning in Augusta, and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in Portland.

According to the court's decision, federal law doesn't allow federal dollars to be used for abortions except in extreme circumstances. MaineCare receives funding from both the state and federal government.

The ACLU says MaineCare is restricting a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy.

Maine's attorney general also is one of 20 throughout the country challenging Trump administration rule changes they say will reduce access to family planning services.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Tuesday that the president is playing politics with patients by changing rules that would shift federal family planning funds toward organizations that stress abstinence.

The AGs filed a brief supporting lawsuits filed in Washington two weeks ago by Planned Parenthood groups in Wisconsin, Ohio and Utah, and the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association.

The lawsuits target proposed rule changes for about $260 million in family planning funds.

The supporting brief was also signed by prosecutors in Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia.