In a bizarre move—in that it’s not meant to save money—the Senate slipped limits to abortion access into its version of the bill last week. One provision bans unincorporated (read: mostly rural) counties from covering abortion in their employee insurance plans. Another bans publicly funded hospitals from performing the procedure. That affects “pretty much all the public hospitals in the state,” says Ohio NARAL’s Kellie Copeland. “Some of them are the top hospitals in the state, who have top OB-GYNs who specialize in high-risk pregnancies.” Exceptions will be made in cases of rape, incest, or when a woman’s [or person’s] life is in danger. Republican lawmakers say these measures will keep taxpayer dollars from going toward abortions. Copeland says they don’t, since taxpayer dollars are legally banned from going toward abortions in Ohio; procedures at public hospitals already have to be paid with private funds.
Interesting. Whereas HR 358 on the federal level would have merely allowed hospitals to opt out of performing abortions, this goes one step further and outright bans them, in spite of the fact that - say it with me, class - taxpayer dollars aren’t going to abortions!