Se­nate OKs ban on abor­tion cov­er­age

Austin American-Statesman - - MORE OF TODAY’S TOP NEWS - — CHUCK LIN­DELL, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

Vot­ing 21-10, the Texas Se­nate on Mon­day ap­proved a bill to ban in­sur­ance cov­er­age for abor­tions in the state.

Se­nate Bill 20 by state Sen. Larry Tay­lor, R-Friendswood, would pro­hibit abor­tion cov­er­age in pri­vate plans, un­der the Af­ford­able Care Act and in state-is­sued in­sur­ance plans, ex­cept for med­i­cal emer­gen­cies.

Those in­ter­ested in abor­tion cov­er­age would have to pur­chase sup­ple­men­tal cov­er­age if of­fered by their in­surer.

As the bill was called to the floor, a group of abor­tion-rights pro­test­ers briefly dis­rupted the ses­sion by shout­ing and un­furl­ing a ban­ner.

The vote sent SB 20 to the House. A sim­i­lar bill passed the Se­nate in 2015 but died in the House.

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