Assembly Health Committee Advances Bill Ending Abortion Coverage

Lauren Perry
April 20, 2017

Arguments for the bill will be heard Wednesday by the Senate Health Committee.

Wisconsin's Medicaid program has already eliminated abortion coverage.

How those are defined is left up to the health plan, but they generally are only those considered to be medically necessary.

The bill would ban health insurance plans from covering elective abortions for state employees, according to its authors, Sen.

The state doesn't know how many abortions are covered now because that information is not collected, she said.

They say new legislation would ensure taxpayers are only paying for abortions in very limited circumstances.

Three anti-abortion groups are supporting the Republican-backed bill.

"That is exactly why women and their doctors should be able to make these decisions without political interference". Connie Leyva, would require the University of California, the University of Southern California, and the Golden State's community colleges to provide abortifacients and abortion counseling at their health centers, rather than referring students to off-campus facilities, which has been standard practice, The Mercury News reported Wednesday.

Advocates for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault have registered in opposition to the bill because it would require a woman to report cases of rape or incest to law enforcement in order to have abortion services covered under a state health plan.

"The evidence is clear that medical abortion is 98 percent effective for early abortion and extremely safe", Meckstroth said.

One college official said she's not even sure the local nurses at the campus clinic would have the medical expertise to administer abortion pills safely.

Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, said that opinion is "degrading" to women and families who have aborted wanted pregnancies after complications.

Jonathan Keller, CEO of the California Family Council, said the bill is a risky government overreach.

"To my knowledge, no other state has gone so far as to try to require chemical abortion coverage on campus", said Jonathan Keller, CEO of the Fresno-based California Family Council.

Republican state Rep. Andre Jacque, of De Pere, is lead sponsor of the bill in the Assembly.

Neither UC nor CSU have taken a formal position on the issue yet. "The governor believes in protecting the sanctity of life", said Walker spokesman Tom Evenson.

There has yet to a be a committee vote scheduled on AB 128. It is supported by Pro-Life Wisconsin, Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Right to Life.

The proposal up for a hearing Wednesday by the Assembly Health Committee has the backing of anti-abortion groups and is opposed by Planned Parenthood and the Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health.

Other reports by VgToday

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