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Gov. Bob McDonnell moves to limit abortion access for Va. women under Obama health care act

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It's another battle in the highly charged debate over abortion. This time, Virginia's governor has submitted an amendment to a bill before the Virginia General Assembly.

It would not allow health insurance providers to pay for abortion coverage under the new health insurance exchanges being required under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington isn't too happy with that. President Laura Meyers says it's "deeply disappointing that the governor of Virginia would seek to deny health care and strip away coverage that already exists." She says it would adversely affect small businesses and low-income women.

Anti-abortion rights advocates are pleased with the action. Spokeswoman Mallory Quigley of Susan B. Anthony List says his action is consistent with what 20 other states have already moved to do.

The amendment allows exceptions in cases of rape, incest or danger to a woman's life.

The Virginia House and Senate are set to reconvene next Wednesday.

Some staffers say the language of the amendment needs clarification.


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