LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Senate has approved legislation prohibiting insurers in new markets set up by the health care overhaul from offering abortion coverage.
By a 27-8 vote, the Senate approved the proposal by Republican Sen. Cecile Bledsoe of Rogers. Bledsoe's proposal would allow insurers to offer separate supplemental riders to offer abortion coverage. Bledsoe's proposal would allow an exception for the life of the mother, but not in cases of rape or incest.
Her bill mirrors legislation that several other states have already enacted. Bledsoe says her proposal is aimed at preventing taxpayer dollars from going toward abortions, but opponents objected to it not exempting cases of rape or incest.
The measure now heads to the House.