Texas Senate Votes to Ban Insurance Coverage for Abortion

The Texas state Senate has passed a bill that would forbid private insurance companies from covering abortions unless it is done to save the life of the mother. If passed into law, Texas would become the 11th state to ban such coverage entirely, along with 15 states that bans it for ACA health care exchange policies.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the group of misfits calling themselves the Tea Party in the Texas Legislature won’t consider a session complete without passing at least one bill that decimates women’s right to control their own healthcare. 2011 saw the sonogram bill that mandated a series of unnecessary medical procedures before a woman can get an abortion, and 2013 brought the infamous HB 2 that shut down nearly every abortion clinic in the state. And now, the Texas Senate has approved a bill that prohibits private health insurance companies from covering abortion, except when there is a “medical emergency” threatening the life of the mother.

The bill, SB 575, authored by Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) passed the Senate by a vote of 21-10 that was almost entirely on party lines, with our old friend, anti-choice Democrat Eddie Lucio, voting in favor of the bill. As the Houston Chronicle noted, the bill is “the first major measure related to [abortion]to make it out of either chamber this session.”

Taylor says that his bill permits women to get “elective” abortions, but they will have to pay for them out of pocket. Importantly, the bill does not include exceptions in cases of rape or incest, severe fetal abnormalities, or certain instances which endanger the health of the mother.

Now remember, this is passed by the “party of smaller government” that throws a temper tantrum about virtually everything regulation of business, that considers the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act to be Nazi-style tyranny. But they’re more than happy to force a private company from providing a service that their customers want if they don’t like that service personally. When you force a company to offer a product to their customers, that’s Hitler-like tyranny, an outrageous destruction of the free market and the death of religious freedom; when you force a company not to offer a product to their customers even if they want that product, that’s standing up for the baby Jesus and standing up for small government and freedom and cute fluffy kittens.

The phrase “smaller government” is a marketing slogan, not a serious political position.

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  • themadtapper

    11 states have those laws? Have they been upheld in court? That seems like it runs seriously afoul of Roe v Wade. I know they’ve managed to justify restrictions based on term or by whether tax dollars cover them, but barring a private insurance company from paying for one doesn’t seem like it would hold up.

  • dmcclean

    When you force a company to offer a product to their customers, that’s Hitler-like tyranny, an outrageous destruction of the free market and the death of religious freedom; when you force a company not to offer a product to their customers even if they want that product, that’s standing up for the baby Jesus and standing up for small government and freedom and cute fluffy kittens.

    … unless that product is some sort of gun, in which case it’s back to tyranny again.

  • Goomba

    Can we stop calling them the party of small government and call them what they really are, “the party of petty government.”

  • Doc Bill

    The Texas Legislature can’t get anything done if it doesn’t involve guns or lady parts.

    Perhaps we just need to get more creative with legislation:

    “The Texas highway improvement bill provides funds to repair roads in Fort Bend county and allow TX-DOT workers to pack heat in their bulldozers.”

    “The Texas water reclamation act provides for building 10 new reservoirs and bans abortion clinics from operating on pontoon party boats.”

    I think I’m on to something.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Small Government only applies after birth.

  • ZugTheMegasaurus

    A phrase I saw on a protest sign sums it up: “Government so small it fits in your vagina.”