Why the GOP Is Still Talking About Abortion
During the hearing today, Franks sought assurance from witness and George Mason law professor Helen Alvare - who has been called “birth control’s worst enemy” - that women actually don’t want insurance coverage for abortion. (Nearly one in three American women will have an abortion in her lifetime.) She claimed poor women were less likely to support abortion or coverage for it, although she didn’t say they are also more likely to have one.
About half of the states have passed some version of what was being proposed - banning abortion coverage on the state exchanges, or banning it for all private insurance and suggesting women buy elusive abortion riders if they wanted coverage. (After Michigan’s version, this has become popularly known as “rape insurance.”) As Dr. Susan Wood, a health policy professor at George Washington University put it in her testimony opposing the bill, even a rape exception would mean the insurer or an IRS audit potentially demanding proof of an actual assault.