The Senate will vote this morning on SB 113, which would prohibit insurance exchanges set up by the federal health care reform law from offering coverage for abortions. Women who wanted abortion to be covered could purchase a separate “rider,” but currently no such riders exist. And even if they did, no one ever anticipates an abortion, so it’s likely no one would ever purchase the extra coverage anyway. The bill also contains no exceptions for rape or incest. We’ll have an update after the vote.
UPDATE: A clarification. The bill would prohibit PRIVATE insurance companies from covering abortions they offer in the state insurance exchange. See the information, from the ACLU website, on the jump.
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UPDATE II: SB 113 was passed by the full Senate today by a vote of 27-8. It now heads to the Public Health Committee in the House.