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Alabama “Opt-out” bill on way to Governor

by | May 10, 2012

Alabama Pro-Life Gov. Robert Bentley

By Dave Andrusko

Many state legislatures are approaching the end of their sessions. On
Tuesday Alabama’s House of Representatives joined the state Senate in passing a bill which would allow the state to “opt-out” of abortion coverage in the health insurance exchanges set up by ObamaCare. The bill is on its
way to pro-life Gov. Robert Bentley.

Alabama would become the 17th state to opt-out. The action is an
important substantive and symbolic move.

Under ObamaCare health insurance plans that offer abortion coverage are allowed to participate in a state’s exchange and to receive federal subsidies unless the State legislature affirmatively opts-out of allowing plans that cover abortion. Specific language in the Obama health care law authorizes the states to ban abortion in the exchanges.

In 2012 alone South Dakota and Wisconsin have passed such laws.

“It is never easy to pass prolife life legislation, and it is even harder
during an election year,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, director of state
legislation for National Right to Life Committee, “but we are very pleased with the progress we made this year.”

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