Arizona House delays debate on abortion for a second time

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House has delayed debate for a second time on a bill barring women from buying any health care plan through the federal marketplace that includes abortion coverage.

Supporters say Senate Bill 1318 ensures tax dollars don't support abortions. Opponents say the bill is another attempt by politicians to insert themselves into women's health care decisions.

The proposal also requires abortion providers to tell women the effects of medication given to cause an abortion might be reversible. Opponents say that's an unproven theory.

Women can now buy optional coverage to cover abortions. The bill would bar that coverage even for women who don't get federal tax subsidies for their main health insurance plans.

Wednesday's scheduled debate on the proposal was delayed at least a day.

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