Ducey smiles after voting in Paradise Valley, Phoenix

Arizona governor signs bill blocking abortion coverage through Obamacare

Ducey smiles after voting in Paradise Valley, PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey signed a law on Monday that requires doctors to tell women that drug-induced abortions can be reversed and that blocks the purchase of insurance on the Obamacare health exchange that includes abortion coverage. The requirement that patients be told that the effects of abortion pills may be undone by using high doses of a hormone was the most hotly contested provision during legislative debate. In December, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked Arizona from enforcing a state law that restricted access to abortion-inducing drugs by prohibiting off-label uses of RU-486, known as the “abortion pill.” In a statement regarding the bill’s provision barring women from buying coverage on the federal healthcare exchange that includes abortion, Ducey said: “The American people overwhelmingly oppose taxpayer funding of abortions, and it’s no different in Arizona, where we have long-standing policy against subsidizing them with public dollars.” Opponents said there was no proof public dollars had been used for the elective procedures and called the measure an overreach.

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