SC Senators Reach Compromise To Keep Abortion Coverage In State Insurance Plans

South Carolina state Sen. Lee Bright (R) repeatedly has tried to ban public funding for abortions in cases of rape and incest from state insurance plans, which are funded using premiums paid by state employees and state funds. But Bright reached a compromise last week with his Democratic colleague Sen. Brad Hutto to continue the coverage without state funds. Instead, money from premiums would cover the procedures, and state workers who are opposed to abortion could choose to opt out. Hutto said the plan should not increase premiums paid by state employees, but Carlton Washington, executive director of the state’s employee association, told the State it would be “ridiculous” to make state workers pay more for health insurance to cover abortions.