- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 14, 2013

Pro-life activists have found the state exchange system mandated under Obamacare is actually a good way to restrict abortions, according to one policy analyst at the National Women’s Law Center.

The gist is this: States have been granted authority over the health-insurance exchanges, and can set rules for the companies that participate. As such, 21 states so far have already passed legislation prohibiting the insurance companies in the exchange system from paying for abortions, according to an NBC report.

States have until October to establish exchange systems.

“Since the health care law was passed, because there is language in the law that says specifically that states can do this, states have taken it up,” said Gretchen Borchelt, who heads up the National Women’s Law Center’s state reproductive health policy, according to the NBC report. The law served as a nudge to states, she said. “They said, ‘hey we can do this.’ “

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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