WASHINGTON (AP) - It's a victory for anti-abortionists.
The Health and Human Services Department says insurance pools for those not able to buy health insurance on their own can no longer cover abortions. The only exceptions are in cases of rape, incest and when the woman's health is at risk.
The issue flared after New Mexico became one state that decided to allow coverage of elective abortions in a federally-funded program to provide coverage for high-risk uninsured people. Health and Human Services tried to head off more problems.
The change is even more restrictive than the new health care law. Starting in 2014, federally subsidized health insurance plans can cover abortions, if policyholders pay for coverage separately and the money is not part of government funds.