Sixth State Passes Measure to Opt Out of Some Abortion Funding in Health Care
by Steven Ertelt
May 24, 2010
Oklahoma City, OK (LifeNews.com) — The Oklahoma legislature made theirs the sixth state to pass a measure opting out of at least some of the abortion funding in the new health care law President Barack Obama signed. The legislation now moves to Gov. Brad Henry, who has frequently vetoed pro-life legislation.
The bill cleared a final legislative hurdle and it will now by up to Henry to decide if Oklahoma can use the option to stop some of the abortion funding created by the new federal health care law.
AUL spokesman Matthew Faraci told LifeNews.com today he’s excite by the news.
More than 70% of voters oppose the use of public funds for abortion; thats why the state-by-state opt out movement continues to gain momentum, the Americans United for Life representative said. Oklahomas leadership on this issue serves as an example to other states looking to pass similar laws.
Thus far, the opt-out bills in Arizona and Tennessee have become law and bills in Florida, Mississippi, and Missouri are pending action by the states governor.
The legislation has the states opting out of using state tax money to pay for abortions in state health care exchanges — though other abortion funding in the government-run health care bill can’t be suppressed by state efforts.
Under the new health care law, states will be in charge of their own health care exchanges that are available for individuals and small businesses. The new law will keep any insurance plans on the state exchanges from offering abortion coverage.
The exchange doesn’t go into effect until 2014 and states are filing lawsuits seeking to stop the pro-abortion health care bill in its other pro-abortion provisions entirety, but states are moving now to exercise their right to opt out of some of the abortion funding.
Governor Jan Brewer made Arizona officially the first to have the bill become law.
Tennessee became the second when Governor Phil Bredesen let the Tennessee bill become law without his signature.
Related web sites:
AUL – https://www.aul.org
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