WASHINGTON - MAY 13: One of five anti-abortion demonstrators stands with a plastic baby doll protesting the nomination of U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court outside the Dirksen Senate Office Building May 13, 2010 in …
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WASHINGTON - Abortion opponents are raising questions about a critical new
insurance program under President Barack Obama's health care
Federal officials say elective abortion is barred under the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan. It offers coverage to people turned down by private insurers because of medical problems, at rates comparable to what the healthy pay.
But at least one state -- New Mexico -- initially listed elective abortion as a covered benefit, reversing course after The Associated Press inquired on Wednesday.
National Right to Life and other abortion opponents say rules for the program have not been spelled out, and federal officials say they're now writing guidelines to clear up the doubts.
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A 4-year-old Pasco County boy is dead. According to family members, doctors suspect he contracted bacterial meningitis, He started showing symptoms Saturday night.