Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Abortion Mischief Lawmakers Interfere in Private Insurance Plans

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Abortion Mischief Lawmakers Interfere in Private Insurance Plans

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Pennsylvania lawmakers keep finding new ways to interfere with a woman's right to choose a safe, legal abortion.

Never mind that the state's abortion control laws already are among the tightest in the country. Legislators have decided that the federal Affordable Care Act gives them one more way to restrict access to abortion.

Last Tuesday, 155 members of the state House voted in favor of a bill that would erect new barriers by prohibiting private health insurers participating in the exchanges being established under Obamacare from covering abortions under their plans. The only exceptions allowed would be in cases of rape, incest or when the mother's life is endangered.

House Bill 818 and its companion, Senate Bill 3, are not about preventing government dollars from being used to pay for abortions. That's already prohibited. With these measures, lawmakers are trying to prevent patients themselves from paying for an insurance policy that covers abortions. …

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