Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives approved and sent to the Senate on Tuesday a bill that would ban coverage for most abortions in the state under the upcoming federal Affordable Care Act.
The measure would provide exceptions only in the cases of rape or incest, or if the mother’s life is in danger.
The bill passed by a 144-53 vote.
The measure would prevent Pennsylvanians from buying health coverage that includes abortion services through the Affordable Care Act’s exchange.
Supporters say tax dollars are not currently used for elective abortions in Pennsylvania, and that things should remain that way. Opponents say the bill would make it more difficult for low-income women to obtain abortions.