BILL # 2017-- 512
Bill Sponsor: Sydney Thompson
Bill Co-Sponsor: Rebecca Collins, Wyatt Fullen, and Madison Boucher
School / Club / YMCA: Presque Isle High School
Endorsed By: Michael Waugh
An Act Relating To:
Health plan coverage of elective abortions
STATEMENT OF FACT:
A Duke University study found that taxpayers are covering roughly a quarter of all abortion costs. As of 2014, 27 states and the District of Columbia did not have laws restricting insurance abortion coverage. Of these 28 places, 1,036 insurance plans covered elective abortions. The Congressional Budget office has estimated that from 2015-2024, $726 billion will go from federal Treasury in direct subsidies for Obamacare plans. While subsidies are not supposed to be used in any way towards elective abortions, the last enrollment period indicated that 87% of 5.4 million people with plans from HealthCare.gov used some subsidies.
While complications may arise throughout some women’s pregnancies, most are not life-threatening to the mother.
Implementing this bill will be of no cost to the State of Maine.
This bill will prohibit women from using general health insurance plans to fund elective abortions.