It’s only been two weeks since President Obama signed the health care bill into law, but states are already moving ahead to opt-out of the abortion provisions Nancy Pelosi insisted weren’t in there.
As a part of the Nelson-Reid compromise to the health care bill, states can now pass laws that prohibit insurance plans in the yet-to-be-created state exchanges from providing abortion coverage. AUL has model legislation to help states do exactly that.
And we’ve been busy.
Missouri and Tennessee are arguably out in front.Â Both have bills that are quickly moving through the legislature.
But other states aren’t far behind. California, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, and Oklahoma all plan to introduce new bills or amend pending legislation. The current rules in the Mississippi Senate don’t actually allow this kind of bill to be introduced at this point in the session, but the Lt. Governor is filing a motion to suspend the rules to allow the bill, they feel so strongly about it.
And more than 30 other states have expressed interest, but it’s too late in the process this year or their sessions are already over. But legislators are promising that this will be a top priority next session.
The media has started to take notice too. Today’s Wall Street Journal features an in-depth discussion about our efforts.
If your state needs help, we’re here to assist. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll jump right in.