Apr 22, 2010 5:42 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House has backed a
prohibition on health insurance coverage for elective abortions in
The Jindal administration had described the measure by
Republican Rep. Frank Hoffmann as a bill to prohibit elective
abortions in the state purchasing pools set up by the federal
health overhaul legislation.
But the bill goes further, also banning elective abortion
coverage by private insurers.
The House voted 76-13 for the proposal, sending it to the
Hoffmann's bill would allow doctors to bill insurers for
abortions deemed necessary to save a mother's life - but not
abortions for rape or incest victims.
Lawmakers in the House rejected attempts to allow insurance
coverage for abortion in rape and incest cases or in pregnancies in
which a child can't survive outside the womb.