RNC halts abortion coverage for workers

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Fri, 11-13-2009 - 12:44pm

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Republicans Halt Abortion Coverage For Their Workers


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November 13, 2009


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By Scott Hensley


It's tough to argue against coverage of abortion in any health overhaul, when your own insurance policy would pay for it.


Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele at a post-election news conference in Washington.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele at a post-election news conference in Washington. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)




Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele at a post-election news conference in Washington.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele at a post-election news conference in Washington.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)





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Now a "chagrined" Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, as the Associated Press puts it, has ordered a halt to coverage of elective abortions under GOP insurance provided by Cigna.


Strange as it may seem, an insurance plan offered by the GOP, staunch opponent of abortion, has covered the procedure since 1991.


"Money from our loyal donors should not be used for this purpose," Steele said in a widely quoted statement. "I don't know why this policy existed in the past, but it will not exist under my administration. Consider this issue settled."


Politico first reported on the the RNC's health insurance flap. The Republicans apparently didn't opt out of the coverage when they signed on for a policy from Cigna.

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Fri, 11-13-2009 - 4:20pm
I find it telling that the RNC provided their own employees with abortion coverage since 1991 and now that they are trying to prevent all women from having this option, both in health care and just in a legal sense, they are finally correcting this "issue." How absurd, if you ask me!
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