June 7, 2010
Baton Rouge, La. - Governor Bobby Jindal has made the state of Louisiana the fourth to opt out of some of the abortion funding found in the government-run health care law President Barack Obama signed. This morning, the Louisiana Senate passed its opt out bill on a 28-3 margin after the House approved it by a wide margin.
HB 1247, authored by Representative Frank Hoffman and carried on the Senate floor by Senator Gerald Long, passed in the Senate, adds Louisiana to the list of states opting out along with Arizona, Tennessee and Mississippi.
The law exempts the state from the abortion mandate in the recently-enacted federal health care reform law. Denise Burke, an attorney with Americans United for Life, explained what it does.
“Specifically, the new law prohibits health insurers participating in the state-run health insurance exchange (scheduled to go into effect in 2014) from offering plans or policies that cover abortions except in rare cases in which the mother’s life is in danger.”LifeNews.com