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Bill restricting abortion insurance gets initial nod in Texas Senate


Bill restricting abortion insurance gets initial nod in Texas Senate
Texas Tribune

Brandon Creighton, the Conroe Republican who is the lead author of the bill, said opponents of abortion should not be forced to pay for the procedure through their insurance plans and employers should be able to choose whether to include abortions in their health coverage.“I believe the majority of Texans do not prefer to subsidize the elective abortion coverage of others,” Creighton said.Senate Bill 8, which passed on a 20 to 10 vote, requires women to pay an additional insurance premium if they want their health plan to cover abortions performed outside of medical emergencies. It does not contain exceptions for instances of fetal abnormalities, rape or incest. If the measure receives final approval from the Senate, it will head to the House. (Update, July 26: The bill received final approval from the Senate on Wednesday evening and now heads to the House.

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