Abortion bill sent to the Senate

The House has approved a measure that would prohibit health plans on North Carolina's insurance exchanges from offering abortion coverage. The measure now goes to the Senate.

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"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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