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Fri., June 6, 2014, 1:25 p.m.

Ohio considers banning birth control & abortion coverage

Ohio lawmakers held a hearing on a bill Tuesday that would prohibit health insurance plans in the state from covering abortion even if a woman's life is in danger, as well as some popular forms of birth control, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

House Bill 351 prevents insurance policies in Ohio from covering any "abortion services," including drugs and devices "used to prevent the implantation of a fertilized ovum." The bill makes an exception for ectopic pregnancies but has no exceptions for rape, incest or life of the mother.

The sponsor of the Ohio bill, Rep. John Becker (R-Cincinnati), said the bill should not ban insurance plans from covering the regular birth control pill, but should ban coverage of the intrauterine device, an increasingly popular long-acting form of birth control that is implanted in the uterus and can prevent pregnancy for as long as five to 10 years. More here. Huffington Post

I wouldn't think this bill would have much of a chance,  would you?


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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.