Virginia's new abortion restrictions could save state more than $150,000, governor's office says
The state's new law restricting taxpayer-funded abortions could save Virginia more than $150,000 a year, according to the governor's office.
The General Assembly last week approved an amendment to the state budget that would limit funding for abortions to those performed in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at risk. Nothing in state law had previously banned Medicaid-funded abortions in instances when the health of the mother was in jeopardy.
Last year, 147 abortions at a cost of $174,000 were performed in cases where the health of the mother was at risk at clinics or hospitals, according to new data provided by the governor's office.
Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Catholic who has long opposed abortion, proposed the amendment, arguing that the change would bring Virginia into line with federal law on the issue, recently restated by an executive order signed by President Obama.
April 30, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
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