Indigent Women in the metro-Richmond area, along with women across the state don’t have to worry about the cost of an abortion if the fetus they are carrying is severely deformed.
The Senate Finance Committee defeated HB62 by a vote of 13-2 this morning. The bill, if passed, would have banned indigent women from having an abortion paid for with state Medicaid funds if the fetus was severely deformed.
The bill sponsored by Delegate Mark Cole (R- Spotsylvania), would have eliminated state funding for low-income women with deformed fetuses. The bill has been called the ‘State version’ of the federal Hyde Amendment.
Named after Rep. Harry Hyde of Illinois, the federal amendment bars the use of certain federal funds for abortions. Democrats in the state General Assembly were concerned about the impact the bill would have on low-income women.
The Senate Finance committee noted that in 2011, the State paid for 10 abortions of fetuses deemed to be grossly deformed using Medicaid funds. The total of the monies used came to $3,000.
Quite frankly, the bill never should have gotten this far in the proceedings. Just look at the money wasted, and there is a lot of waste that needs to be accounted for, not just with this piece of legislation, but for a number of them.