(via Catholic News Agency)
On Wednesday the Texas Senate passed a bill which would ban general insurance policies from covering abortions for private citizens, government employees, and those insured under the Affordable Care Act.
The bill, SB8, would still allow for coverage of abortions that are considered medically necessary to save a woman’s life.
Senate Republicans defeated a series of amendments to the bill July 26 that would have expanded exceptions to include fatal fetal health conditions, serious mental health impairment, and pregnancies resulting from sexual assault or incest.
Women who desire abortion coverage for other reasons would need to purchase a separate, supplemental plan, estimated to cost $12-$80 a year.
“I believe the majority of Texans prefer not to subsidize the elective abortion coverage of others,” said Republican Sen. Brandon Creighton, the bill’s author, according the Statesman.
According to 2016 statistics from the University of Texas at Austin, 42 percent of Texans identify as pro-life, while 40 percent identify as pro-choice, with the remainder identifying as ‘neither’ or ‘unsure’.
The state has passed some of the strongest abortion restrictions in the U.S., and has become a hotbed of abortion controversy in the past few years.
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