Texas Tribune via RawStory 09 Aug 2017 at 09:30 ET
Texas women would have to pay a separate health insurance premium to get coverage for non-emergency abortions — what an opponent dubbed “rape insurance” — under a bill given early approval by the Texas House on Tuesday.
House Bill 214 requires women to pay an additional insurance premium if they want their health plan to cover abortions performed outside of medical emergencies. It does not contain exceptions for instances of fetal abnormalities, rape or incest.
State Rep. John Smithee, R- Amarillo, who is the lead author of the bill, said opponents of abortion should not have to subsidize the procedure through their insurance plans.
“This isn’t about who can get an abortion. It is about who is forced to pay for an abortion,” Smithee said.
Screaming Christ on a crutch, I'd love to smack all these Rethug imbeciles upside the head with a 2 by 4! How about making RAPISTS pay for abortions, if they're so eager to deny coverage for women? Fine convicted rapists a shitload of money and put it into a fund for their victims, ffs. And while we're at it, make every male who has sex pay a tax toward potential abortions. It's not as if women get pregnant all by themselves, damn it. -- gw
Wiki describes his district, which is in the Texas panhandle, "the most Republican state House jurisdiction in (Texas)," so much so that Democrats don't even bother challenging him anymore. The guy is dug-in -- deep. And, I'd imagine, doesn't fear anyone.