Local News

Wake County eliminates abortion coverage from employee health plan

Posted February 11, 2010 5:27 p.m. EST
Updated March 14, 2010 10:32 p.m. EDT

Wake County logo

— Wake County Manager David Cooke decided Wednesday to eliminate coverage of elective abortions from the health plan for county employees.

County Commissioner Tony Gurley cited the law rather than politics as the impetus for the change. The state Supreme Court outlawed payment for the procedure by public entities in 1981, Gurley said, but the county did not notice when Blue Cross Blue Shield added that coverage to the plans it provides.

Apex leaders voted last month to eliminate coverage of elective abortions from town employees' health insurance plans.

"We don't believe it's a proper use of public money, taxpayers' money, to fund elective abortions," Apex Mayor Keith Weatherly said.

Taxpayers subsidize medical policy plans for government employees.

Apex and Wake County employees will still be reimbursed for abortions in cases of rape, incest or danger to the health of the mother.

Blue Cross Blue Shield, which provides coverage to Apex, says elective abortion coverage is standard in fully insured plans.

Weatherly said the federal government does not provide elective abortion coverage for its employees and that the town's decision is in line with federal standards.