Five states have passed bills that will prohibit private health insurance plans sold on its new state-based insurance marketplaces from covering abortion, except in dire circumstances such as to save the mother's life. Now 22 more states are considering similar abortion bills.
Nearly half of those states are also contemplating an even more sweeping proposal: making it illegal for all private plans to cover abortion, regardless of whether they are sold on exchanges. That step is already the law of four states.
Aside from the policy issue of unwarranted governmental interference in private matters, isn't this unlawful discrimination against women? Isn't it unconstitutional as violating equal protection? Could a state permit coverage for all cancers except breast cancer? ( I don't know if these points have been raised in court actions - maybe someone can enlighten me.)