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US Republicans try to restrict health insurance cover for abortion

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 07 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d838
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

Republicans in the US House of Representatives have introduced a bill (called HR3) to prohibit health insurance plans paying for abortions. The speaker of the house, John Boehner, said that the bill was “highest priority.”

The House Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on the proposed bill tomorrow (Tuesday 7 February).

It would place tax penalties on employers who offer health insurance plans that cover abortion and on individuals who buy a health insurance plan of their own that covers abortion. At present most plans cover abortion.

The health reform act passed last March does not permit federal funding for abortions, …

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