Seth Zlotocha and Cory Liebman from One Wisconsin want to get all over Wisconsin Right to Life for its claim that the Senate Democrats' "Healthy Wisconsin" plan will require the state to pay for lots of abortions. They claim that the state health plan pays only for "therapeutic abortions" which they define, without citation other than to the unsupported assertion of some Democrat legislators, as being somehow being limited to those "necessary to the life of the mother" or necessary to "preserve the health of the mother." (Whatever these mean.)
This struck me as odd. Seth is a bright guy, but I know and have worked with the good people at WRTL. They are very professional and very careful. They take great pains to be accurate. Could they have flubbed this one?
No. WRTL is all over this. The state's standard plan covers all legal abortions. Of course, we don't know if that will be the "Cadillac" that HW seeks to emulate. The state also has HMO options providing the uniform schedule of benefits that Seth cited (he must use an HMO). The uniform schedule says it covers services "such as" "therapeutic abortions." I think its reasonable to read that as a limitation. But the term is not defined and, of course, can be defined in a way that is tantamount to no limit at all by construction to cover mental health, small risks of minor consequences or the abortion of babies with Down's Syndrome or similar maladies.
What has actually happened? The state is apparently claiming it has no idea how many abortions it pays for.