Concerns about abortion funding in health insurance costs

POSTED: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 5:21pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am

There are concerns that the the new health care law includes abortion funds in health insurance costs. Elizabeth Graham, with Texas Right To Life says this is wrong because, "abortion is not health care, and we should not be requiring tax payers to fund additional abortions through state insurance exchanges."

A new bill was introduced in the State Capital yesterday, to allow Texas to opt-out of these insurance plans, by giving people a choice to include these costs. Graham says, "women who did in fact want abortion coverage, could still have abortion coverage. They would need to buy a separate supplemental plan, in addition to the state exchange plan.

On the other hand, Organizing for America, says the executive order by President Obama, supersedes State Legislation. The executive order says, "It is necessary to establish an adequate enforcement mechanism to ensure that federal funds are not used for abortion services (except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered."

Congressman Bill Flores is against federal funding for abortion, and believes all lives should be protected. Flores says, "each of us are faced with a decision, and it should be our decision to protect, defend, innocent lives of all Americans, including the unborn."

The issue is still under debate between both parties. The Texas Legislature will have to consider the new proposal during their session.


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