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Abortion bill sent to the Senate

Posted May 16, 2013

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— The House has sent to the Senate a bill that would prohibit cities and counties from offering abortion coverage in their employee health plans.

"This does not have anything to do with removing a woman's access to abortion," said Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer, R-Mecklenburg. "We should not be forcing taxpayer to fund procedures they find morally objectionable."

The measure will also affect the health insurance plans offered on the exchanges set up by the federal Affordable Care Act. The exchanges, which will provide a way for people currently without health insurance to buy an affordable policy, will not be able to offer plans in North Carolina that include coverage for abortion procedures.

"It will leave women without coverage for safe, common and critical cares," said Rep. Alma Adams, D-Guilford. "It will force them into back rooms."

The measure passed 72-39.

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  • FlagWavingFascistCrank May 16, 7:48 p.m.

    ......said the party, who are trying to pass a law banning religious extremists from taking over our government.

    Irony.....it AIN'T just for breakfast anymore.

  • Danny22 May 16, 6:39 p.m.

    Good. I don't believe in slaughtering the unborn. Let the people who love abortion pay for it out of their pockets.

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh May 16, 5:15 p.m.

    "This does not have anything to do with removing a woman's access to abortion," said Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer, R-Mecklenburg. "We should not be forcing taxpayer to fund procedures they find morally objectionable."

    This is a great idea, Rep Schaffer(R)! Never mind abortion, did you just say "we should not be forcing taxpayers to fund things they find morally objectionable"? Wow - I don't even know where to begin! When can I start chopping "things I find morally objectionable" from my taxes? Will this be retroactive, too? I'm thinking BIG REFUND here :-)

  • Bendal1 May 16, 2:35 p.m.

    Republicans only want government control at the local level when it's them doing the controlling. Anyone else, and it's "we will tell you what to do" from the state level. This bill is yet another example of this concept; they are taking power away from the (mostly Democrat) city and urban governments on school board authority, environmental regulations and now this.

  • jttm69 May 16, 1:53 p.m.

    What's wrong if a city or county wants to provide for it? I thought the Republicans were about more power to the locals?