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Ga. Senate Advances Abortion Coverage Ban

Ga. Senate Advances Abortion Coverage Ban

March 5, 2014 — The Georgia Senate has approved a bill (S 98) that would prohibit abortion coverage in private health plans sold through the federal health insurance marketplace, WABE reports.

The bill also codifies a Georgia Department of Community Health policy banning abortion coverage in state employee health plans.

The bill passed mostly along party lines, with Democrats opposing it and all Republicans but one voting in favor. The measure would permit health plans to cover abortions in medical emergencies.

Senate Debate

The bill's supporters said it would ensure tax dollars do not subsidize abortions.

State Sen. Valencia Seay (D) countered, "Abortions are legal, and what we're doing every time we come down here to this chamber is taking us back little bit by little bit, and this time it’s in the name of taxes. " She added, "If you don't want your tax dollars going toward anything in your healthcare plan don’t use it, but don't deny me a right to use my healthcare plan, because I pay my portion, and I too am a taxpayer" (Wirth, WABE, 3/3).

The bill now advances to the state House for consideration (AP/Sacramento Bee, 3/3).