by Jim Nintzel
The Arizona Senate voted 17-12 to advance a bill that prohibits women from buying health insurance coverage that covers abortion via the federal insurance marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act.
The legislation, which I wrote about in this week's Skinny, was amended to allow women to purchase policies that cover abortion in cases of rape and incest.
But SB 1318 blocks women from obtaining abortion coverage even if they pay extra for the policy on the assumption that the underlying policy is subsidized by the federal government, so even if the cost of the additional abortion coverage is covered by the woman who wants to purchase the policy, women are somehow enjoying a taxpayer subsidy if they choose to terminate their pregnancy.
The bill now moves the Arizona House of Representatives.