PA House Committee Advances Abortion Bill

PA House Committee Advances Abortion Bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A bill to prevent most coverage for abortions under the health exchange in Pennsylvania being set up as part of the federal health care overhaul is on its way to the floor of the state House.

The House Health Committee voted 15 to 9 on Monday in favor of a Republican-sponsored bill that would allow exceptions only for victims of rape and incest or when the mother's life is in peril.

A Democratic sponsored amendment that would have added an exception for the mother's health was defeated along party lines.

Committee chairman Matt Baker, a Bradford County Republican, says he doesn't "believe health care should include killing babies."

Supporters say people can purchase insurance riders to provide elective abortion coverage, but Democrats on the panel say those riders aren't available.