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Beebe says he will OK abortion coverage ban

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 7, 2013 at 11:35 a.m.

— Gov. Mike Beebe says he will sign into a law legislation that would ban coverage of most abortions in a health insurance exchange.

The Senate, on a 25-9 vote Thursday, gave final approval to a bill that would ban abortion coverage in an insurance exchange being created under a new federal health care law.

Beebe said after the vote that he believes the measure merely restates existing law on whether public money can be used for abortions. Opponents argued the bill prevents women from spending their own money for the insurance coverage.

The coverage ban includes exemptions for rape, incest and to save the life of the mother. The bill also allows abortion coverage through supplemental policies — but the bill's opponents say that option is not available in Arkansas.

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Concerned_Citizen says... February 7, 2013 at 3:07 p.m.

I cenrtainly hope this bill included banning VIAGRA!!!! Oh, wait, what am I thinking....that is for men!!!

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edo1962 says... February 7, 2013 at 3:47 p.m.

This is wrong

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Beggsm says... February 7, 2013 at 5:17 p.m.

Welcome back to the Dark Ages. Sigh.

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sher128 says... February 7, 2013 at 5:35 p.m.

If men got pregnant this would never even be up for discussion. Since when do these legislators have an M. D. after their name. Yes... deny coverage for Viagra for the old guys turn about is fair play. Back to the dark ages of women dying in order to end an unwanted pregnancy!

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JaneGeorge says... February 7, 2013 at 8:18 p.m.

Everyone in our "advanced" society knows how to prevent pregnancy - from grade school up. So why should I be forced to pay for your choice to abort a person just because you chose not to take necessary precautions?!

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Packman says... February 7, 2013 at 9:39 p.m.

Hey sher - "Back to the dark ages of women dying in order to end an unwanted pregnancy!" Unlike the dark ages of today of unborn children dying for the convenience of a woman who made a decision to have unprotected sex.

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NoCrossNoCrown says... February 7, 2013 at 10:41 p.m.

that's what women in the legde need to do..... add measures that only men will have to have a doctor stick a anal probe or other device into other body cavities.......
Beebe.....I am shocked that you would stoop to their level and sign this trash

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