Texas House Passes What One Democrat Calls a "Rape Insurance" Bill

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 9, 2017

Insurance plans under House Bill 214, which passed tentatively 95 to 51, would only cover "emergency" abortions, which excludes pregnancies resulting from rape or incest or if the fetus has a severe abnormality.

The bill allows insurance coverage for the rare exceptions when an abortion is necessary to save the mother's life.

Representative Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) proposed an amendment to exempt survivors of rape or incest so that abortions would still be covered in those cases.

Texas House Bill 214 would protect people from subsidizing abortions through their tax dollars or their private health insurance payments by prohibiting abortion coverage in private health plans, state insurance plans and Obamacare plans, the American-Statesman reports. "It is about who is forced to pay for an abortion", Smithee said. They also tried to remove a provision in the bill that prevented insurance companies from offering savings on premiums for the supplemental plan covering abortion - and add language that would put any of those savings into an account to fund rape kit testing. A final House vote Wednesday sends it to the Texas Senate, which already approved similar rules.

"It's a question of economic freedom, and freedom in general", said state Rep. John Smithee, R-Amarillo, who wrote the bill.

Other states have banned abortion through Affordable Care Act providers, but many have an allowance in the law for rape and incest. Donna Howard said, the measure is a political stunt that could have the outcome of keeping women with life-threatening conditions from receiving treatment.

With just over a week until the deadline to pass bills during the 30-day special legislative session, the House has now passed legislation on two of the three abortion-related topics Gov.

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