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Abortion bill sent to the Senate

Posted May 16, 2013 1:24 p.m. EDT
Updated May 16, 2013 1:48 p.m. EDT

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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.