Republicans Halt Abortion Coverage For Their Workers
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. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele at a post-election news conference in Washington.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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.