Thursday, 14 February 2019 18:02

State lawmakers address abortion funding

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AUGUSTA - Some state legislators are trying to make it easier for women to get an abortion, but that would require state funding.

 Rep. Joyce 'Jay' McCreight (D-Harpswell) has sponsored a bill to require abortion coverage for public and private insurance companies if the plan already covers prenatal care.

 

The representative said that currently, several insurance providers do cover abortions, but many, such as MaineCare, do not unless it is related to a risk of life.

 

"There are stories of people who were forced to carry their pregnancy to term when that wasn't good for them, good for their family," said Rep. McCreight. "There are just so many restrictions."

 

Some state Republicans have issues with the bill, including moral reasons, and that it would call on Maine taxpayers to pay for abortions. The bill calls for abortion services not currently covered by Medicaid to be funded by the state.

 

"Many people do not want to have taxpayer-funded abortions or abortions being forced on private companies who have a moral objection to abortion," said Sen. Stacey Guerin (R - Glenburn).

 

This bill would give religious employers an exemption for covering abortions.

 

The bill was referred to committee on Thursday and a public hearing will be set.

Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell joined the news team in March of 2018. She grew up splitting her time between York, ME and Haverhill, MA, but her favorite childhood memories took place along the rocky coast of southern Maine. She's now e...