Pa. Senate defeats changes to anti-abortion bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Backers of a Republican-penned bill in Pennsylvania to prevent coverage of most abortions under policies offered in federal insurance marketplaces rebuffed two more attempts to change it.

The state Senate rejected two amendments Tuesday, including one to expand the exceptions to allow an abortion when a woman’s health is at risk. A final vote is expected Wednesday.

Opponents say the bill expands restrictions on abortion rights and discriminates against poor women. Proponents say it’s in line with Pennsylvania’s longstanding ban on taxpayer-funded elective abortions.

Another amendment would have allowed policies in the marketplace to include abortion coverage as long as a person used their own money to buy them.

It still would allow policies covering abortions in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger.

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