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AUL Applauds Virginia for Protecting the American Taxpayer from Paying for Abortion Coverage

“Virginia leads the way in protecting the American taxpayer from subsidizing the discredited abortion industry,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

Richmond, Virginia (04-08-11) — Americans United for Life CEO and President Dr. Charmaine Yoest applauded the leadership of Virginia for keeping the Commonwealth out of the business of subsidizing abortions through the state exchange mandated in President Obama’s Health Care Law. Twice AUL attorneys testified on the effort, and the opt-out measure was based on AUL’s model legislation.

This morning, HB2434 became law at the recommendation of Gov. Bob McDonnell who accepted the votes in both house in favor of prohibiting insurance plans that participate in the state insurance exchange from including abortion coverage.

“The vast majority of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion coverage – more than 70 percent in fact,” noted Dr. Yoest. “Getting the American taxpayer   out of the business of abortion is the most bipartisan, budget cutting effort available.”

Virginia becomes the seventh state to opt-out. The other states to opt-out so far are Arizona, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.

For more information on public funding restrictions on abortions, go here.

To track the legislation’s progress throughout the session, check out AUL’s Legislative Watch for the bill’s current status here.