Arkansas Senate votes to block taxpayer funding of abortion

State Sen. Cecile Bledsoe
State Sen. Cecile Bledsoe

Republican state senator Cecile Bledsoe is making headlines in Arkansas.


The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to prohibit insurers in new markets set up under the federal health care law from offering coverage for abortions except in cases where the mother’s life is at stake — a move that opponents say will make it virtually impossible for women to get abortion coverage.

The Senate voted 27-8 to approve strict limits on when abortion would be covered in the new insurance markets that will be set up starting in 2014 under the federal health care overhaul. The legislation would prohibit abortion coverage by insurers in those markets even in cases of rape and incest.

Coverage for abortions could be obtained through separate supplemental policies.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Cecile Bledsoe, R-Rogers, said it was aimed at preventing publicly funded abortions in Arkansas in the new system. Under the reform law, some people participating in the new networks will receive tax credits to subsidize their health insurance coverage.

“This is about tax dollars and Arkansans have said overwhelmingly we don’t want to spend tax dollars on abortions,” Bledsoe told the Senate.

[…]Bledsoe’s bill now heads to the House. Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, said Thursday night he’d prefer to see an exemption for rape and incest in the bill, but would not say whether he’d oppose the legislation in its current form.

Notice how the Democrats try to water down a good law by raising an exception that happens in a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of cases. Also note that babies that are conceived as a result of rape or incest are still human beings, and deserve a right to life. She/He should be allowed to live and then placed for adoption after birth. Why should the innocent baby be punished for a crime that she/he did not commit? To deter rape and incest, we can pass even tougher criminal laws against them, and offer the woman assistance while she carries the child.

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