Senator Shelley Moore Capito is from West Virginia, the only state in the nation where the state-controlled insurance marketplace, known as the Health Insurance Marketplace, also prohibits abortion coverage from being offered. She has been supporting bills that would infringe on a woman’s access to abortion care.
In May, when the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the bill requiring women to prove that their health insurance would pay for the cost of an abortion would reduce the number of abortion providers in the country, Senator Capito was one of only two Republican Senators to vote for it. Capito says she disagrees with the CBO report, but she agreed to support it due to her strong opposition to abortion.
Capito voted for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill that would restrict abortion up to 20 weeks of pregnancy, but then explained on CBS This Morning this past week that she has not yet decided how she will vote on its sister bill that would prohibit abortions at any point in a pregnancy. The legislation is a threat to women and girls across the country, she said.
“Right now in West Virginia we have, for the first time, a law that outlaws abortions up to 18 weeks and I don’t want to go backward. So I want to look at this bill very closely, very closely, and I will be keeping my powder dry until we get through the amendments process,” she said.
On Thursday, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay, preventing Arizona from implementing a law that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.
Capito voted against that stay.
[read by Rolando Encina]