Saturday, May 14, 2011

Kansas' Overreaching Abortion Law

Remember how Republicans want less intrusion into our lives by government?

It appears Republicans in Kansas have no problem with government intrusion when it comes to abortion law.

John Hanna wrote the following for Time:
Kansas legislators approved a ban Friday on insurance companies offering abortion coverage as part of their general health plans except when a woman's life is at risk, capping a string of for abortion rights opponents in the four months since sympathetic Gov. Sam Brownback took office.

Brownback, an anti-abortion Republican, is expected to sign the bill sent to him by the state House a mere 15 minutes before lawmakers adjourned their annual session. The House's early-morning vote was 86-30 in support of a larger bill that included the abortion coverage restrictions. The state Senate had approved it Thursday night, 28-10. Archive: The 1973 Roe v. Wade Case) 

If the bill becomes law as expected, starting in July, individuals and employers who want abortion coverage would have to buy supplemental policies that cover only abortion. Supporters of the bill argue that it will protect employers who oppose abortion rights from having to pay for policies that cover the procedures.
If supporters are using the argument that this bill would protect employers who oppose abortion rights from having to pay policies that cover the procedures, then why do they limit individual policies as well unless the intent of their bill is to try and prevent everyone from having access to the medical procedure?

I can somewhat get behind a change to employer policies, allowing for an option to either provide abortion coverage or not, but I do not see any reason for the government to intrude in not only the lives of the individuals, but the insurance companies as well, and I am certain that these providers will be making additional profits on the supplementary policies.

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