Measure to limit abortion coverage under PA health exchange advances

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 15, 2013 11:52 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A proposal to prevent most coverage for abortions under the health exchange in Pennsylvania being set up as part of the federal health care overhaul is on its way to the floor of the state House.

The House Health Committee has voted 15-9 in favor of a Republican-sponsored bill that would allow exceptions only for victims of rape and incest or when the mother's life is in peril.

A Democratic sponsored amendment that would have added an exception for the mother's health was defeated along party lines.

Committee chairman Matt Baker, a Bradford County Republican, says he doesn't "believe health care should include killing babies."

Supporters say people can purchase insurance riders to provide elective abortion coverage, but Democrats on the panel say those riders aren't available.

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