GR abortion insurance change fails | WOOD TV8: Commissioner Dave Shaffer said he wanted to change the language in the city employee health care plan to more narrowly define when an abortion can be covered by insurance. But in the end, no one else on the commission supported moving the idea forward.
As it reads now, insurance will pay for a city employee's abortion if it's deemed "medically necessary." Shaffer argued the current language is too broad and opens the door for taxpayers to in effect be forced to pay for abortions under any circumstances. He proposed some new language. "That would say in regards to our healthcare plan that we wouldn't fund abortion except in the case of life of the mother or rape or incest," he explained.
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