The final vote was 74-41; the bill now heads back to the state Senate for approval.

The legislation (S.B. 353) would bar so-called sex-selective abortions and impose additional regulations on abortion clinics. Public employees and individuals who obtain health coverage through the federal health care law's new public exchanges would also not have access to a plan that includes abortion coverage.

"This is really all about protecting the health and safety of women," said state Rep. Ruth Samuelson (R), one of the main backers of the bill. "Problems do exist in some of our abortion clinics, and that's what we're trying to address."

State Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield (D) disagreed. "This is an anti-woman bill in disguise, a wolf in sheep’s clothing," she said.

Republicans introduced the legislation in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning by attaching the abortion provisions to a motorcycle safety bill -- without first notifying either the public or their Democratic colleagues.