Georgia Senate Votes to Ban Abortion Funding in Obamacare

04 March 2014

ATLANTA - The Senate voted 35-18 on Monday to ban health plans offered under the federal Affordable Care Act.

The bill would cover abortion except in cases of medical emergencies. Senator Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, said Senate Bill 98 matches the federal law which prohibits federal tax funds from going towards abortion.

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, provides subsidies from federal taxes to people with lower incomes to help them pay premiums. Although federal taxes subsidize Obamacare policies, state law governs most of the features of health insurance sold in Georgia.

“The decision not to use subsidized tax dollars on abortion places no obstacle on a woman who choses an abortion,” he said.

The all-male committee that approved the bill received criticism from Democrats. Democrats argued that only women should decide reproductive issues.

“Once again we are back on this war on women,” said Sen. Horacena Tate, D-Atlanta. “I don’t know why we keep going there.”

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