Arkansas on verge of passing “opt-out” provision

By Dave Andrusko

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Thursday that he will sign a bill to allow Arkansas to take advantage of an “opt-out” provision in ObamaCare.  His comments came just after the Senate gave final approval to the legislation by an overwhelming 25-9 vote.

20 states have already taken advantage of the “opt-out” provision in ObamaCare. Under the bill, insurers participating in the federal health exchanges established under ObamaCare would be barred from covering abortions, except in the case of rape, incest, and the life of the mother. Coverage for abortions would be available through separate supplemental policies. 

“Our tax-dollars shouldn’t be subsidizing abortion,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, director of NRLC’s Department of State Legislation. “When Gov. Beebe signs this bill into law, it will ensure that public funds are not used in the killing of unborn children.”

The Arkansas House has also passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Law by a wide margin. Already on the books of seven state, the law provides that, abortions could not be performed on unborn babies capable of experiencing pain—at 20 weeks. The measure faces a more strenuous test in the Senate.