A Louisiana House committee advanced Wednesday morning legislation that would prohibit insurance companies from covering the cost of abortions.
The House Insurance Committee voted 8-1 to report the House Bill 1247 favorably for full debate by the House of Representatives.
State Rep. Frank Hoffman, R-West Monroe, said the measure takes advantage of a provision in the newly enacted federal health care overhaul that lets states decide on their own whether to forbid insurance coverage for abortions.
State Rep. Juan LaFonta, D-New Orleans, said he opposed the legislation because it goes much further than the federal legislation by forcing the mothers of non-viable fetuses to give birth.
Source is not surprised.