Pa. House debates abortion coverage in health law

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state representatives are debating whether to prevent coverage for most abortions under the insurance exchange being set up as part of the federal health care overhaul.

The state House on Tuesday was debating final passage of a bill that would provide exceptions only for rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger.

Democrats are attacking the bill as a blow to women’s reproductive rights, while Republicans say the ban on using tax money for elective abortions has long been state policy.

If it passes, the bill would keep people from using their own money to buy, through the exchange, health coverage that includes abortion services.

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