The Senate will take up HB 1123 on second reading. It prohibits a health insurance policy from covering abortion services provided by a medical provider except that it can provide such coverage if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest or if an abortion is necessary “to avert the pregnant woman’s death or a substantial an irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.” However such coverage may be provided through an endorsement or rider.
This is pretty clearly an effort to make it more difficult to get an abortion. (I have keen insights, I know.) If we pretend there is another motivation for this bill, what’s the rationale? “Abortion is murder, but it’s o.k. if you finance it with a separate contract.”
The “major bodily function” language is, I think, telling. What if there is the risk of irreversible impairment to the woman as a person but not, necessarily, to her as a biological machine? Too bad, I guess. Mental impairments are too easy to fake and, in our heart of hearts, we don’t believe they’re “real” diseases.