House OKs, sends Senate a bill requiring abortion coverage

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olympiaOLYMPIA — The state House of Representatives on Friday approved and sent the Senate a bill that would require that insurance plans in Washington cover abortions if they cover maternity care.

The vote on the Reproductive Parity Act was 53-43.

“Nothing is more personal or private than a woman’s freedom to make her own health care decisions,” said state Rep. Eileen Cody, D-Seattle, the measure’s prime sponsor. “The voters have told us that both personal privacy and reproductive freedom are Washington values and today we took the necessary action to protect those values.”

Most insurance carriers in Washington already cover both maternity services and abortion services. However, supporters of the state legislation say the U.S. Affordable Care Act, more popularly known as  ‘Obamacare,’ requires extra administrative burdens that may discourage insurance firms from continuing coverage for abortion services.

“If you’re a rape victim, or have a pregnancy that’s life threatening, the last thing you need is to fight with your health insurance company or your boss because they want to impose their religious beliefs upon you,” said state Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma.

The bill’s fate in the Republican-controlled state Senate is uncertain. The GOP leaders of committees in the state Senate have so far refused to bring a similar measure up for a vote.

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  • Meg

    Abortion is not maternity care! It ends an innocent life in a violent way. Numerous studies have documented that unborn children can feel pain as early as 8 weeks. What these young innocents are subjected to would be illegal to inflict upon a convicted felon on death row.

    Abortion is also anti-woman. It is denying us our unique ability to nurture and grow a human. It emasculates us and denigrates us into disposable sex objects.

    It is also documented as unsafe and highly unregulated as any proposed regulations are decried as an infringement on a woman’s “right”. The abortionist is not welcome in the medical community and therefore typically lack not only hospital privileges when something goes wrong, but are also not the “cream of the crop” so to speak in terms of medical aptitude and usually come with a spotty record. Look up Jennifer Morbelli if you doubt.

    Women deserve better than abortion! To tear apart this unique bond of mother and child that is irreversible is an agregious crime and it’s time to reject the lies that abortion industry is feeding us!

  • Julia

    Talk about forcing your religious beliefs on someone! They are the ones forcing THEIR beliefs on US (not to mention on their unborn child)!

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