States Pass Extra Laws Against Abortion Funding

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Pro-lifers have not stopped in the fight against federally-funded abortions.

Since the health care bill became law on March 23, pro-life groups have managed to enact laws in Arizona and Tennessee restricting abortion coverage under private plans in new insurance markets known as exchanges.

"We don't consider elective abortion to be health care, so we don't think it's a bad thing for fewer private insurance companies to cover it," said Mary Harned, attorney for Americans United for Life.

Nearly 30 million Americans will get their health coverage through exchanges.  The new insurance markets open in 2014 and will primarily benefit small business owners.

Part of the health care law allows states to prevent abortion coverage under private plans in exchanges. Americans United for Life wrote the model law for Arizona and Tennessee.

Lawmakers in Florida, Mississippi and Missouri have also passed bans and sent them to their governors.

Tom McClusky, a lobbyist for the Family Research Council, is confident there will be "more actions like this."

Harned says there are 29 states total that are interested in working towards the additional ban.

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