Kansas insurance providers would be prohibited from covering elective abortions — unless you want to pay extra — under legislation pending in the Legislature.
Missouri, Oklahoma and four states have similar laws on the books.
-- From "Kansas bill would bar insurance coverage of most elective abortions" by David Klepper, Kansas City Star’s Topeka correspondent 2/11/10
The bill wouldn’t apply to abortions performed to save the life of a woman, or to pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, as long as a police report was filed.
Supporters of applying the restriction to all health plans in Kansas maintain that policyholders shouldn’t have to pay for a procedure they may find immoral, or subsidize abortions for other women through their premiums.
Rep. Virgil Peck, a Tyro Republican, said the measure might please both sides.
“It’s pro-life in the fact that citizens who find abortion objectionable should be happy with it,” Peck argued. “Pro-choice individuals can make the choice” to get the extra coverage.
The bill, HB 2564, is awaiting a vote in the House Insurance Committee.
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