If SB 98 becomes law, Georgia will become the 25th state to forbid health plans on the insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act from covering abortion care.
A state senate committee in Georgia approved a bill that would ban many health insurance plans from covering abortion care except in a narrowly defined “medical emergency.”
The bill passed the state senate on a tie-breaking vote from the lieutenant governor, while a bill repealing a ban on insurance coverage for abortion failed.
Virginia legislators vote Tuesday on whether to repeal the harmful, medically unnecessary law that requires women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion and a mean-spirited ban that outlaws abortion coverage in plans sold in the federally facilitated marketplace.
Reproductive rights activists help defeat a proposed abortion restriction in Louisiana, while a bunch of new restrictions pop up in states across the country.
The reorganization of the Virginia senate’s education and health committee under Democratic control has given a boost to pro-choice legislation. Bills repealing mandatory ultrasound and insurance coverage restrictions will now move to the full senate.
If the Reproductive Parity Act is signed into law, the state would be the first in the nation to mandate that private health insurance plans cover abortion.
A senate bill could target doctors for anti-choice protests, while a house bill would ban private insurance coverage of abortion.
Twenty-three states have passed laws barring abortion coverage from insurance plans within state health exchanges. What has largely gone unnoticed is that many of these policies emanate from Americans United for Life, a little-known group that regularly has access to conservative lawmakers at the annual ALEC conferences.