What: All Issues : Family Planning : Abortion : H.R. 4691. Abortion Service Refusals/Passage of a Bill Which Jeopardizes Abortion Rights By Allowing Both Health Care Providers to Refuse to Perform an Abortion and Insurance Companies to Reject Payment for Abortions.
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H.R. 4691. Abortion Service Refusals/Passage of a Bill Which Jeopardizes Abortion Rights By Allowing Both Health Care Providers to Refuse to Perform an Abortion and Insurance Companies to Reject Payment for Abortions.
house Roll Call 412     Sep 25, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
Winning Side:
Conservative

The subject of this vote was House passage of legislation that would provide hospitals and other health care providers the right to refuse conducting an abortion and allow insurance companies to reject payment for abortions. Progressives opposed the legislation because, in their estimation, the legislation would compromise a woman's right to choose whether or not to have an abortion. Many areas of the country have few health care facilities that are able to perform abortions; allowing those facilities to refuse treatment to women seeking an abortion would, Progressives argued, require those women to travel great distances to receive the medical procedure. The legislation was adopted on a 229-189 vote. (Similar legislation did not pass the Senate and the measure was not signed into law.)

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