Virginia lawmakers passed a measure Wednesday night that forbids private insurance plans that participate in state-run health care exchanges from covering abortion.
Lt. Gov. Bill Boiling cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate to pass the measure. The House passed the bill by a vote of 61-36
President Obama's health care law forces states to set up those exchanges to help people with low-incomes buy health care insurance.
Virginia has joined seven other states that forbid those exchanges from providing policies that cover abortion, except in the cases of rape, incest, or danger to the mother's life.
Gov. Bob McDonnell had amended a previous measure, which legislators passed directing the set-up of a health insurance exchange mandated under federal healthcare reform. McDonnell's version of the bill included the anti-abortion language.