Alabama Legislature Passes Abortion Opt-Out Bill

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Alabama House has given final passage to a bill that will allow the state to opt out from providing insurance coverage for abortions under the new federal health care program.

The House voted 67-16 for the Senate-passed bill, which now goes to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley for his review.

Another bill aimed at making it harder to access abortions will be on the House calendar Wednesday.

That bill establishes new rules for abortion clinics and requires that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital near the clinic. Mississippi passed a similar bill recently.

Wednesday is the last day the bill can pass the House since it has not yet passed the Senate.

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