Texas may soon have an additional charge for women who will have a health plan to cover abortion. A bill is moving forward that would keep anti-abortion Texans from paying for the procedure in their health plan.
The Texas Senate Committee on Business and Commerce approved House Bill 214 by Rep. John Smithee, R-Amarillo, six to two. It is expected to be approved by the full Senate in the coming days and signed by Gov. Greg Abbott before the end of the special legislative session and it had some Texans worried.
Scott Ross and his wife have three children. Eventhough, their first pregnancy turned out to be bad. Issues known as Triploidy, which creates multiple chromosomes, struck before birth and led a doctor to recommend to end the pregnancy. This led to more complications and a $67,000 bill, covered by insurance.
“You wouldn’t think of this until you go through it. It’s the reason why insurance exists,” said Ross.
He came to testify at the Senate Business and Commerce Committee to tell senators some people won’t buy the extra insurance and then come to need it.
“You wouldn’t buy some, you’d kind of gamble on each of these things. So it sets up a system like, where someone is going to really pay,” Ross said.
The additional coverage will be $12 to $60 a year. If you get health insurance through your employer, they’d decide whether to cover it or not.
“It’s not really an extra charge of being a woman, it’s an elective procedure. Many people pay for other elective procedures. This is the only elective procedure that results in the death of a child,” said Director of Texas Right to Life, Elizabeth Graham. She says many Texans don’t like paying for abortions through their own health care premiums or tax dollars.
“In no way restricts access to abortion. The bill in no way limits abortion. The bill simply requires that people wanting that… choice, have to pay for it themselves,” said Graham.
Although Texas was not the first state to consider banning insurance plans that covers abortion, the bill has already been passed. Texas Senate has voted on a similar bill several times before. That’s why it is more likely that the legislation will go to the governor before the special session ends be signed into law.
Ten other states already have this law, which include Idaho, Utah, North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan.
We believe that women need insurances for some cases like what was stated above. We are against abortion, but then again, there are some cases that abortion can be the right choice, say for cases like rape. What do you think and where do you stand? Let us know in the comment section below.