Republicans in the South Carolina House passed a bill Tuesday that would protect doctors who refuse to perform certain procedures– such as euthanasia or stem cell research– for personal or moral reasons. However, it was an amendment that attracted the most opposition to the bill.
Rep. Greg Delleney (R-Chester) said the overall bill was an effort to stop medical facilities from firing doctors who refuse to do the procedures.
They’re already protected if they have an objection about abortion. This act will expand that protection for five specific procedures.
Two of the procedures dealt with embryonic stem cells. One dealt with developing a child in an artificial womb, while another involved transplants from stillborn infant’s organs. The fifth procedure was euthanasia.
However, Democrats criticized an amendment attached to the bill that would stop insurance companies from covering abortions unless a person pays extra for them.
Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg) was upset that rape or incest victims would not also be covered.
I think that’s absolutely the most absurd part of this whole piece of legislation. Try being raped and then go get insurance to cover you… it ain’t going to happen.
Anyone seeking abortion coverage would have to purchase a “rider”– an additional set of terms that expands the insurance company’s basic package.
The bill passed 69-41, with three Democrats (Reps. Mike Anthony, Jackie Hayes, and Jimmy Neal) voting for it and two Republicans (Reps. Joan Brady and B.R. Skelton) voting against it.
It now heads to the Senate.