Washington state mulls mandated insurance coverage for abortions

Rick Moran
This certainly isn't offering much of a "choice," is it? Sort of gives the lie to the whole "pro-choice" position when you force every citizen who pays for maternity benefits to pay for someone's abortion. Fox News: With 21 states having adopted bans or severe restrictions on insurance companies from paying for abortions, Washington is alone in seriously considering legislation mandating the opposite. The Reproductive Parity Act, as supporters call it, would require insurers in Washington state who cover maternity care -- which all insurers must do -- to also pay for abortions. The bill passed the state House earlier this month by a vote of 53-43, though it faces an uncertain future in the Senate. A similar bill in the New York state Assembly has been introduced each session for over a decade but has never received a public hearing. "This is a core value for Washingtonians," said Melanie Smith, a lobbyist for NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. "We should protect it while we ...(Read Full Post)

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