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States Opt Out of Paying for Abortion in Health Care

Pro-life group offers model legislation.

By Kim Trobee

Concern over federal funding of abortion in the health care reform law has prompted several states to move toward “opting out.”

Tennessee is the first state to get a bill to its governor that prohibits taxpayers from funding abortion. Lawmakers in Georgia, Oklahoma, Virginia and Louisiana are all considering similar measures.

Mary Harned, staff counsel with Americans United for Life, said AUL has model legislation ready for states to use, and many are taking advantage.

“There are currently 15 states that are actively working toward getting this done,” she said, “and at least another 11 that we know of who are planning to do this.

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