By Dave Andrusko
It’s been a good last few days for pro-lifers in Nebraska. Earlier this week the legislature took a major step towards passage of a bill to ban “web cam abortions,” and the state legislature has all but wrapped up enactment of another important limitation. LB 22 is on its way to pro-life Gov. Dan Heineman for his signature after lawmakers approved the bill on a vote of 37-7 Thursday afternoon.
Nebraska will become the sixth state to take advantage of an “opt-out” provision in ObamaCare which allows states to choose not to cover abortion in the health care “exchanges” established by the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
“The passage by the Nebraska Legislature of LB 22 reflects the pro-life nature of the State,” said Julie Schmit-Albin, executive director of Nebraska Right to Life. “National Right to Life’s language in LB 22 dictates that all insurance policies, both public and private, do not provide coverage for the deaths of unborn children.”
State Senator Beau McCoy sponsored and prioritized LB 22, Schmit-Albin told NRL News Today. “His priority designation ensured that this important legislation would pass this session and reinforce the message that Nebraskans do not consider abortion to be healthcare.”
Sen. McCoy put it this way: “I believe strongly that Nebraskans who object to abortion should not be forced to pay for it with their tax dollars or their premiums.”
Senator McCoy’s bill not only prohibits the forthcoming state exchanges from covering abortion, LB22 also prohibits private insurance companies from providing abortion coverage unless the payer has a separate insurance rider for abortion.