Virginia bill would remove abortion funding for women with totally incapacitated fetuses
Reilly Moore of The American Independent reports:
A proposal in the Virginia General Assembly to eliminate state funding for certain abortions could force some low-income women to carry to term a fetus with a low likelihood of survival.
Sen. Tom Garrett’s (R-Lynchburg) bill would repeal aprovision of Virginia law that authorizes the Board of Health to pay for abortions for women who meet Medicaid eligibility requirements after a physician certifies that he or she believes “the fetus will be born with a gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity or with a gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency.”
Opponents of Garrett’s bill, including some Senate Democrats, argue that it would unduly burden low-income women economically, physically, and emotionally.
The number of abortions at issue is relatively small.
A total of 58 applications for state-funded abortions due to gross fetal abnormality were submitted between July 1, 2009, and Jan. 3, 2013, according to Virginia Department of Health statistics provided by deputy director of Family Health Services Lauri Kalanges.
Department of Health physicians review each application. The department approved 46 of those procedures — nearly 80 percent. . .
I continue to find it strange that the GOP wants to government involved in private medical decisions—but of course the GOP also wants the government monitoring what we do in our bedrooms.