HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A new Pennsylvania law will prohibit coverage of most abortions under policies offered in a federally-run insurance marketplace starting next year.
Gov. Tom Corbett’s office said he signed the bill Monday. Corbett’s office has said that it wouldn’t place any greater restrictions on access to abortion than already exist.
Critics of the bill, primarily Democrats, say it expands restrictions on abortion rights and discriminates against poor women. Support in the Republican-controlled Legislature was bipartisan.
It would still allow policies sold through the federally run marketplace to cover abortions in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger. But anyone wanting coverage for most abortions would need to purchase that coverage separately outside of the marketplace.
Currently, most privately sold health insurance policies covers abortions.