In a 17-13 vote Wednesday, the Oregon Senate approved a measure that would require state health insurance companies to cover abortions and other reproductive services free of charge regardless of the patient’s income, citizenship status, or “gender identity.” The bill, which heads to the governor’s desk, would also allot nearly $500,000 to expand coverage for abortions and other reproductive services to illegal immigrants ineligible for Medicaid. If signed into law, the measure, which provides an exemption for employers with religious objections to providing abortion coverage, would give everyone in Oregon access to these types of reproductive services even if Obamacare is repealed. Oregon is the only state that has no restrictions on abortion.
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