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Governor Corbett signs anti-abortion coverage bill in PA

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 17, 2013 1:26 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A new state law will prohibit coverage of most abortions in Pennsylvania under policies offered in a federally-run insurance marketplace starting next year.

Governor Corbett's office says he’s signed the bill and adds the measure it wouldn't place any greater restrictions on access to abortion than already exist.

Critics, primarily Democrats, say it expands restrictions on abortion rights and discriminates against poor women. Support in the Republican-controlled Legislature was bipartisan.

It would still allow policies sold through the federally run marketplace to cover abortions in cases of rape, incest or when the mother's life is in danger. But anyone wanting coverage for most abortions would need to purchase that coverage separately outside of the marketplace.

Currently, most privately sold health insurance policies covers abortions.

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