ROANOKE, Va. — If Virginia is going to participate in Obamacare, there will be some rules. One of those rules, state insurers cannot fund abortions.
The state of Virginia will participate in the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, but it's going to do so under their own terms.
When passing the legislation adopting the health care exchange with the federal government, the funding cannot be used for abortions.
Virginia is the 21st state to pass such a law.
The amendment passed the Republican-dominated house with ease, but only passed in the senate in a 20-to-19 vote.
We talked to anti-abortion groups who say this is a big win, citing polls that say more people than ever support abortion restriction and this is what Virginians want. Anti-abortion groups say tax dollars should not fund abortions.
"Last night's vote was a victory for the majority of Virginia taxpayers who do not want their tax dollars paying for abortions and we are grateful for the leadership of Governor McDonnell and the pro-life members of the legislature," said Mallory Quigley with the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group.
On the other side, folks at Planned Parenthood say this is a huge loss. They say this will prevent lower and middle-class women from getting abortions in Virginia.