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May 4, 2011 10:47 PM by Gene Cotton

House Oks limits on tax breaks for abortions

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has approved a bill that would limit tax breaks for insurance policies that cover abortions.

The 251-177 vote Wednesday sent the bill to the Democratic-led Senate. The White House this week threatened to veto it.

The legislation is the Republicans' latest attempt to chip away at President Barack Obama's signature health care overhaul. It would prevent people from deducting the cost of an abortion from their taxable income, except when the procedure is performed in cases of rape, incest or when the woman's life is at risk.

Opponents of abortion rights say the bill would close loopholes in the new health law. Abortion rights supporters say the bill is really about discouraging insurance companies from covering the procedure.

 

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