Mar 30 2011
The State Newspaper: House approves abortion measure
The S.C. House has approved a bill allowing health insurers to cover abortions only if people pay a separate premium for them.
House members approved the measure 69-41. State Rep. Greg Delleney, R-Chester, says it’s about protecting the sanctity of life.
The bill also would protect the jobs of doctors who refuse to conduct procedures because of their personal beliefs. The expanded state law would cover things such as stem cell research.
Democrats say the separate premium idea is preposterous. They say women won’t know ahead of time whether they will be confronted with such a decision, especially in cases of rape.
Opponents say if the separate premium becomes law, insurers likely won’t offer coverage – and even if they did, women would be unlikely to ask for it. The bill now goes to the Senate.
The Associated Press