The new Wake County Board of Commissioners did not waste anytime in setting a new agenda. Monday, the board voted to remove coverage of elective abortions from Wake County’s employee health plan. The decision is one rooted in controversy as both sides have debated the issue since last year at the county level and even within the UNC System.
American Independent explains the changes:
The board’s vote means the county employee health plan will no longer cover abortions in the first 18 weeks of pregnancy, but there will be exceptions for cases of rape, incest or where the health of the mother is in danger.
Wake County is one of many local governments to consider ending abortion coverage. Gaston and Cumberland County ended employee abortion coverage in March, and the town of Apex shortly before. The changes in Wake County’s employee health plan will take affect on Jan. 1, 2011.
With Republicans now holding a 4-3 majority, the board will be sure to tackle other pertinent issues including the highly debated school diversity plan.