Arkansas Anti-Choicers Reject Abortion Restriction Bill Because it Includes Exceptions for Rape and Incest
A bill to restrict insurance coverage of abortion in Arkansas failed in a state senate committee because anti-choicers felt that adding exceptions for rape and incest meant the bill didn’t go “far enough.”
The original bill, Senate Bill 113 introduced by state Senator Cecile Bledsoe, was intended to bar plans in health insurance exchanges from covering abortions, except “to save the life of the mother,” reports Kelly MacNeill of kuar.org.
Under the bill, women could purchase separate riders to cover abortions. But right now no such riders exist in Arkansas. And some private insurance plans that do offer coverage for abortion care would have to drop it if Bill 113 passes.
Some of these plans cover the procedure in cases of rape or incest and some when it’s medically necessary. Both the Governor of Arkansas and Representative Jeff Wardlaw moved to exempt these conditions from the bill. Wardlaw offered an amendment, “to ensure the protection of these private policies that already covered these instances.”
A majority of the committee voted to include the exceptions.
The bill’s anti-choice backers, however, “were infuriated” and managed to table the bill rather than let it go forward in its altered state.
Read it all. Takeaway:
In short, if you are a woman in Arkansas living in poverty or from paycheck to paycheck and are raped and impregnanted against your will—by your husband, intimate partner, stranger, uncle, father—you are, as they say, SOL.