Lincoln, NE (05-12-11) – Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life congratulated the Nebraska Legislature for passing LB22, the “Mandate Opt-out and Insurance Clarification Act” to prohibit the use of federal subsidies for abortion coverage in the Nebraska Exchange, and to prohibit abortion coverage by insurance plans within the State of Nebraska.
“The federal government should not be forcing Americans to pay for abortions or abortion coverage,” said Dr. Yoest. “During the health care debate we learned that more than 70 percent of Americans – pro-life and pro-abortion – do not want to see their tax dollars used to support abortions. This bill is a bipartisan effort to respect their wishes.”
Sen. Beau McCoy (District 39) introduced LB22, which is based on model language by Americans United for Life, in January to prohibit insurance plans that participate in the soon-to-be-implemented state insurance exchange from covering abortions. The bill also prohibits private insurance coverage of abortion except through a separate rider. Governor Heineman is expected to sign the bill into law.
Dr. Yoest commended the 35 Senators who voted in favor of the bill: “Insurance plans should cover the medical care critically needed by Nebraska’s citizens. Abortion, however, is not health care and should not be included in these plans at taxpayers’ expense.”
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