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' Friday, August 5, 19I7

Elective Medicaid abortions nixed

WASHINGTON IP') - HEW "The department will provide
Secretary Joseph Califano, Jr. federal financial participation
ordered an end to federal fund- in the cost of abortions only
ing for elective abortions yes- where the attending physi-
terday after a federal court cian . . has certified that the
cleared the way for' him to act. abortion is necessary because
Friday, August 5
NASHVILLE
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on many different eels, ail of them eniayable. This type of
fresh, sontaneous picture is only possible when made by a
maverick gambler like Altman. More enioable with each view-
ino. Henry Gibson, Keith t"I'm Easy") Carradine, Lily Tomlin,
Karen Black, Ronee Blakely, Geraldine Chaplin, to name a few.
"An orgy for music lovers ,.. a ore emotional high."-Pauline
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the life of the mother would be
endanger-ed if the fetus were
carried to term," the health,
education and welfare secre-
tary said in a prepared state-
ment.
HEW OFFICIALS immediate-
ly began arrangements to in-
form state Medicaid agencies,
U. S. public health service hos-
pitals and state medical socie-
ties of the action.
Federal funds for abortion
have been available almost ex-
clusively to poor women eligi-
ble for Medicaid, a health care
program administered by the
states but financed largely with
federal dollars.
The various states may de-
cide on their own whether to
pay for abortions when the life
of the mother is not endanger-
ed.
CALIFANO ACTED
after U. S. District Judge John

Dooling lifted his prohibition
against enforcement of the so-
called Hyde amendment.
That law, which Congress vot-
ed last October, forbids HEW
from using federal Medicaid
money to pay for abortions
that are not necessary to save
the mother's life.
Soon after the amendment
was enacted, Dooling declared
it unconstitutional, saying it
effectively took away a poor
woman's right to an abortion.
He said then that such a right
women by the U. S. Supetaoin
had been guaranteed to all wo-
men by the U. S. Supreme
Court's landmark abortion de-
cision in 1970.
A B O U T 300,100of the 1.1
million abortions performed.
each year are paid for with
HEW funds at an estimated
cost of $50 million a year.
The U, S. Supreme Court

had vacated Dooling's order
and asked him to reconsider his
decision.
Califano said federal funds
will continue to be available
for certain medical procedures
"necessary for the termination
of an ectopic pregnancy or for
treatment of rape or incest vic-
tims" if that treatment is pro-
vided before pregnancy is de-
termined.
AN ECTOPIC pregnancy is a
potentially dangerous develop-
ment of the fertilized egg in a
fallopian tube or elsewhere out-
side the uterus. Such a preg-
nancy cannot continue to terms
and results .in a natural, spon-
taneous abortion often accom-
panied by hemorrhaging if not
discovered.
The customary treatment for
women who have been raped or
are victims of incest prevents
conception or destroys the fer-
tilized egg, and some opponents
of abortion have contended that
the treatment is in effect an
abortion.
Califano, by deciding that
payments for such treatment
could continue, ewas following
a legal opinion given him July
27 by Atty. Gen. Griffin Bell
interpreting the Hyde Amend-
ment as permitting the treat-
ment to be financed by federal
funds.

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