Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Signs Bill to Stop Insurance Coverage of Abortions

State   |   Americans United for Life   |   Mar 27, 2014   |   12:39PM   |   Indianapolis, IN

Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest commended Indiana Governor Mike Pence and leading pro-life legislators for enacting a measure that protects Hoosiers from forced funding of abortion-related services via their health insurance plans.

indyflag2This week Governor Pence signed into law HB 1123, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Thompson, which is based on AUL model legislation.

The bill prohibits “accident and sickness insurance policies” from covering abortion in most circumstances except through a separate rider. This law makes Indiana the ninth state to prohibit private insurance plans operating within their states from covering most abortions.

“As the abortion industry has moved from choice to coercion, especially in Obamacare mandates, pro-life legislators have rallied to protect Americans from funding morally objectionable practices,” said Dr. Yoest.

“Also at stake are the growing number of women harmed by abortion as a callous industry seeks to keep profits high. It’s vital to separate these abortion profiteers from commandeered financial support.”AUL’s Legal and Government Affairs teams worked closely with pro-life allies including Indiana Right to Life and the Governor’s office on this bill.