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Virginia bans abortions funded through Obamacare

Measure passed the senate by one vote

April 04, 2013|David Kaplan | WDBJ7 Reporter

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.

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Because of this law, those who get their health care through the government will have to pay out of pocket.

"The purpose of the Affordable Care Act was to expand coverage, not to restrict it. So now women won't have access to the full range of reproductive services promised in the Affordable Care Act," said Babis.

Babis was also adamant about how the government has no right to play politics with abortions.

Abortion opponents say they've scored big wins the past few years in Virginia by making abortion facilities have the same structural requirements as emergency care facilities, they're adding last night's vote to the list of successes.

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