NC County Cuts Some Abortion Coverage For Staff

A North Carolina county has stopped paying for elective abortions for employees after officials said a 29-year-old state Supreme Court ruling makes it illegal to use tax dollars to pay for the procedure.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that Wake County Manager David Cooke changed the county's self-insurance plan this week.

The plan will continue to pay for abortions in cases of incest, rape or danger to the mother's life.

Employees have had elective abortions covered since at least 1999.

Attorney and state House Republican leader Paul Stam of Apex says other counties that pay for the service could face lawsuits.

Opponents say the move goes beyond the 1981 court ruling, which dealt with funding abortions for indigent women that were not a medically necessity.


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  • by Jenny on Feb 13, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    Abortion is an elective proceedure made becase of personal choice. While, i feel abortion is murder, if a person decides to have it, they should pay for it themselves!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2010 at 03:08 PM
    "I would not want my daughters PUNISHED with a baby"!Exact words from OBAMA.
  • by Beau Location: Washington on Feb 12, 2010 at 03:03 PM
    Abortion should be illegal. Those of you that think abortion should be allowed. (to murder a child) Maybe your mom should have exercised her right to abort you, then you would not be posting to this news story. Abortion is wrong, period. Capital punishment is for criminals who made a choice to commit the crime, a baby unborn has had no choice in life. POST THIS WITN!!!!!!!
  • by crazy on Feb 12, 2010 at 11:50 AM
    Insurance will agree to pay for an abortion, bur won't pay for in-vito...WHY??? I had to pay over $12,000 for in-vitro and then over $7,000 to the hopsital for my labor and delivery...and yes I have insurance. I have 80/20 coverage with BCBSNC....
  • by MSG Location: Greenville on Feb 12, 2010 at 11:49 AM
    I don’t think I ever saw a show of hands for those willing to adopt these unwanted children. Just more proselytizing. Good argument “TO MSG”. People usually revert to petty name calling when they lack the faculties to participate in a serious debate. Good job at personifying the pro-life demographic. “Pro-Life!!” do you condone your tax dollars being used for capital punishment. According to your logic, “murder is murder” right??
  • by been there on Feb 12, 2010 at 11:47 AM
    The majority of these comments are from ignorant people who have never been in a situation where they even had to consider an abortion. When I found out at 16 that i was pregnant...i was scared to death. I knew my dad would kill me and kill the daddy. So at only 5 weeks pregnant we paid out of pocket and out of state for an abortion. I made the right decision at that point in my life. And my parents still to this day do not know about it. It is something that haunts me every single day...but I am glad that I decided to go along with it. I do NOT think that abortions should be paid by insurance....it is YOUR choice to have one, and you should have to pay for it. And they aren't that expensive...only like $5oo. To those of you against abortion...why don't you pay to raise them! Instead of all of us having to pay our hard earned $$ for joe and sally to get welfare and food stamps....that is where the problem is....FOOD STAMPS...ANYONE CAN GET THEM, and then you get a free baby
  • by me Location: williamston on Feb 12, 2010 at 11:23 AM
    Like many i dont think abortion is the answer to birth control. If there is a medical condition that exsit that would protect the mother and any life long debilitating disease then inssurance should pay. while i dont want my tax dollars paying for the abbortion i am not opposed to my tax dollars paying for an insurance plan that covers abortion. in the same token i dont like my tax dollars paying for all these illegitimate children running around without mothers or fathers that contribute to society and the rasing of these children. i would rather see mandated birth control procedures on any male or female receiving public assistance." to get your check you get a shot each month at the same time you get your check. Share the wealth and the shot at the same time.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Feb 12, 2010 at 11:14 AM
    Just do whatever uses up the least amount of tax dollars. This state and nation is going down anyways no matter what, at least I hope it wont go down as fast.
  • by Miranda on Feb 12, 2010 at 10:27 AM
    I myself am Pro-Choice and I completely agree with them cutting it from their medical benefits. An abortion is a choice not a requirement and if you choose this path then you choose to take full responsibility and pay for it completely by yourself. While I believe that every woman has the right to make their own decisions when it comes to their body and reproductive health, I don't think anyone else should have to pay for your mistakes and decisions. And I also don't think abortion is a form of birth control or that it should be used for it either. It's there for women who really need it...not for the women that are too lazy to use regular birth control or make the guy use a condom.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Feb 12, 2010 at 09:11 AM
    This is not an issue of whether you can get an abortion or not. The issue is should people have to pay for something that is a HUGE moral issue for many people. This has always been illegal and is just now being enforced. Based on what I have seen of the law the child without the brain stem would most likely have been covered. As far as otherwise healthy children being aborted because they are unwanted, apparently you have never seen the MASSIVE back log of people who want these babies.
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