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H.R. 4971 (112th): SAFE Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 27, 2012 (Introduced).



2d Session

H. R. 4971


April 27, 2012

(for himself, Mr. Alexander, Mrs. Bachmann, Mr. Bartlett, Mr. Benishek, Mrs. Black, Mr. Boustany, Mr. Brady of Texas, Mr. Burton of Indiana, Mr. Canseco, Mr. Chabot, Mr. Cole, Mr. Conaway, Mr. Cravaack, Mr. Crawford, Mr. Duncan of South Carolina, Mr. Duncan of Tennessee, Mr. Fleming, Mr. Flores, Mr. Fortenberry, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Gohmert, Mr. Graves of Missouri, Mr. Graves of Georgia, Mr. Harris, Mrs. Hartzler, Mr. Huelskamp, Mr. Huizenga of Michigan, Mr. Hultgren, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. Jones, Mr. Jordan, Mr. Kelly, Mr. Kingston, Mr. Kline, Mr. Lamborn, Mr. Landry, Mr. Lankford, Mr. Lipinski, Mr. Luetkemeyer, Mr. Marchant, Mr. McCotter, Mr. Miller of Florida, Mrs. Miller of Michigan, Mr. Mulvaney, Mr. Neugebauer, Mr. Paul, Mr. Quayle, Mrs. Roby, Mr. Ross of Florida, Mr. Ryan of Wisconsin, Mrs. Schmidt, Mr. Schweikert, Mr. Scott of South Carolina, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, Mr. Smith of Nebraska, Mr. Southerland, Mr. Stivers, Mr. Walberg, Mr. Westmoreland, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, and Mr. Bilirakis) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


To amend title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to ensure that the coverage offered under multi-State qualified health plans offered in Exchanges is consistent with the Federal abortion funding ban.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Stop Abortion Funding in Multi-state Exchange Plans Act or SAFE Act.


Consistency with Federal abortion funding ban for coverage under multi-State plans in Exchanges


In general

Section 1334(a)(6) of the Patient protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18054(a)(6)) is amended to read as follows:


Consistency with Federal abortion funding ban


In general

In entering into contracts under this subsection, the Director shall ensure that no multi-State qualified health plan offered in an Exchange provides coverage of abortion.



The limitation established in subparagraph (A) shall not apply to an abortion—


if the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest; or


in a case where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself.




Section 1303(c)(1) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18023(c)(1)) is amended by adding at the end the following: Notwithstanding this paragraph, no State law shall preempt the limitation on coverage of abortion in multi-state plans set forth in Section 1334(a)(6)..