Virginia Assembly Votes to Deny Women Ability to Purchase Private Coverage of Abortion Care

The Virginia General Assembly has joined the state house in approving an amendment proposed by Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell to forbid any insurance plan in the state exchange from offering abortion coverage, even if the coverage is paid for out-of-pocket and with separate funds.

The amendment passed by just one vote.

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, which along with other state reproductive and civil rights groups opposes the amendment, called the vote “a significant blow to Virginia women’s reproductive health care access.”

“In approving Governor McDonnell’s abortion coverage ban, 20 senators and 55 delegates have put an anti-choice ideology before Virginia women’s health, personal liberty, and economic freedom,” said Caroline O’Shea, deputy director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, in a statement. “Because of this amendment, tens of thousands of Virginians using the health care exchange will be prohibited from buying insurance that covers their full range of reproductive health care needs, even if they use their own money.”

“We are extremely disappointed that the majority of the members of the General Assembly put politics above women’s health when they approved the governor’s amendment,” Cianti Stewart-Reid, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, said in a statement. “Most health plans already include coverage for abortion. A woman should be able to make personal decisions about her health care without the interference of politicians, and her health coverage should enable her to take care of her health and well being.”

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  • Neil Schmidt

    Ahh Republicans, leading the way back to the Dark Ages one vote at a time.

  • gabesgrandma1939

    What happened to the free market that they’re always pushing?

    • m g

      This free market is apparently only for men. Probably only white men,

  • Nancy K Neenan

    How dare they!!! I hope the women find solution other than backroom abortions

  • Daryle Brown

    Wait a minute? Not that this is good in any sense, but what if your life is in danger? Do you have to pay the full out of pocket cost or lose baby AND mom?

    • Maryanna Price

      It’s just a woman; you can always get another.

  • Geoffrey Simon

    Every law like this is unconstitutional. Why? Because those who back such legislation do so because these laws stem from their religious beliefs. While they have every right to believe as they choose, they do NOT have the right to force others to abide by their religious tenets. The freedom OF religion guaranteed by the Constitution’s First Amendment also means freedom FROM religion.

  • HeilMary1

    Virginia is for Loathers.

  • carolita johnson

    It’s time to create abortion insurance as a separate policy, I guess? I’ve always thought that was a good idea. But simultaneously, they should make men buy separate viagra insurance.