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Pingree to Oppose Bill that Bans Women from Buying Reproductive Health Insurance Coverage

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House bill would prohibit military personnel, low-income women from using their own money to buy insurance that covers abortion services

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said she would vote against a bill in the House today to that would dramatically limit the rights of women to buy insurance that covers a full range of reproductive health care including abortion services.

"Republicans say government shouldn't be involved in people's personal lives, but it's hard to imagine anything more intrusive than telling a woman or a small business that they can't use their own money to buy certain kinds of health insurance," Pingree said.

Under the bill, a low-income woman who gets Medicaid or a member of the Armed Services would be banned from spending their own money to purchase insurance coverage that covers abortion services. It also bans businesses that take a tax deduction for providing health insurance for employees from offering coverage that includes abortion.

Pingree also said she was concerned with the impact on military personnel.

"Sadly I've met with many women who have been raped while in the military," Pingree said. "This bill would make it impossible for those women to have coverage for abortion services, even if they can pay for it out of their own pocket."


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