Texas House OKs bill to block insurance coverage for abortions

The Texas House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday -- coined as "rape insurance" by its detractors -- that would force women to pay a separate health insurance premium to get covered for a non-emergency abortion.

The bill, which the House passed 95 to 51, now awaits a vote in the Senate. It does not make exceptions for abortions that follow rape, incest or fetal abnormalities.

The lead author, Rep. John Smithee, R-Amarillo, defended the legislation, saying people who oppose abortion shouldn't subsidize it through their health insurance plans, the Texas Tribune reported.

"This isn't about who can get an abortion. It is about who is forced to pay for an abortion," he said.

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