Rapp Backs Bill to Prohibit Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

HARRISBURG – Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) has once again cast a vote in favor of prohibiting abortion coverage from being included in qualified plans offered through a taxpayer-funded health insurance exchange.   For the second time less in less than two years, the legislation was approved by the Pennsylvania House on Tuesday and now moves on to the Senate for consideration. 

“This legislation is every bit as essential for protecting innocent life as the landmark Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act that was enacted 25 years ago and Act 122 of 2011 that was signed into law to hold abortion clinics to the same high standards as other health care facilities,” said Rapp.  “Whether one is adamantly pro-life like me, pro-choice or indifferent, the vast majority of Pennsylvania taxpayers do not support any of their hard-earned dollars being used to fund the murder of helpless babies.”

Once enacted, House Bill 818 would explicitly prohibit health insurers participating in any taxpayer-subsidized state health insurance exchange — an insurance system created under the new federal health care law and currently slated to be operational by 2014 — from providing coverage for elective abortions. 

While not prohibiting an individual from purchasing abortion coverage on a separate premium outside the health insurance exchange, the only allowable exceptions under House Bill 818 include:

  • Averting the death of the mother on certification from a physician.
  • Rape, when personally reported by the victim to law enforcement with the name of the offender, if known.
  • Incest, when personally reported to law enforcement, or, in the case of a minor, to the county child protective service agency with the name of the other party.

As an additional safeguard, House Bill 818 would prohibit health insurance exchanges from excluding coverage for any post-abortion complication, any miscarriage or any complication associated with a miscarriage.

“No less than 54 million babies, or roughly 27 million baby boys and 27 million baby girls, have been aborted across America since the 1973 Roe versus Wade decision,” said Rapp.   “This number is more than four times Pennsylvania’s ever-shrinking total population.  While passage of this legislation can do nothing to reverse this monumental death toll that has tragically occurred over the past 40 years, at the very least, House Bill 818 would succeed in defunding state tax dollars from subsidizing Planned Parenthood clinics and the rest of the abortion industry’s ongoing war against women and their unborn children.”

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Representative Kathy Rapp
65th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Ty McCauslin
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