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VA Assembly Passes Measure that Limits Abortion Coverage

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A new measure approved by the Virginia General Assembly will bar abortion coverage from insurance plans sold through a federal health insurance exchange.

The amendment, proposed by Governor Bob McDonnell last week, narrowly passed the state Senate Wednesday with a 20-19 vote. The measure was the focus of a contentious debate on the Senate floor Wednesday evening.

"Frankly, you're putting big government in the middle of business decisions now. This is bad public policy, it is a bad precedent," said Sen. Barbara Favola (D) 31st District. 

"This bill in no way, shape or form eliminates anyone's ability to abort their child. It does, however, address how - rightfully - taxpayer dollars will be used," said Sen. Thomas Garrett (R) 22nd District. 

The measure now returns to McDonnell's desk for final approval. 

Virginia will institute a federal healthcare exchange starting next January.

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