Pro-abortionists to make second run in Washington state at passing “Reproductive Parity Act”

By Dave Andrusko

In 2012 the Reproductive Parity Act passed the Washington state House of Representatives but stalled in the state Senate. Proponents are back to try again, and the first hearing will be Thursday in the House Committee on Health Care and Wellness.

The bill essentially says if an insurance policy covers maternity care, then it must cover abortions. In the pro-abortion world where abortion and live birth are merely alternative and equally valid ways to culminate a pregnancy, this is dubbed ‘reproductive parity.’ According to Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, director of NRLC’s Department of State Legislation,  the only other state considering similar rules is New York.

This is turning the ‘opt-out’ provision of ObamaCare on its head.

One of the good pieces of news in 2012 was how many states took advantage of the “opt-out” provision of ObamaCare. As you recall, ObamaCare  requires the States to operate and maintain “health insurance exchanges” where individuals can shop around for health insurance plans. But ObamaCare also gave each state the right to prohibit coverage of abortions under the qualified health plans offered through the exchanges.

Washington State is trying just the opposite with its Reproductive Parity Act: to pass legislation affirming that the plans offered in these exchanges must cover abortions.

Gov. Jay Inslee called for passage in his January 16 inaugural address. “Washington women need the freedom and privacy to make the health care decisions that are best for themselves and their families,” he said. “That’s why I look forward to the Legislature sending the Reproductive Parity Act to my desk, which I will sign.”

Human Life of Washington alerted its members that “Americans will be forced by their government to pay for the taking of human life in violation of conscience for the first time in the history of our nation. National Right to Life’s state affiliate described the measure as the “abortion mandate bill.”

In his January 24 column for the Archdiocese of Seattle, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain wrote, “To propose that coverage for abortion be mandated for all state-regulated health care plans is not only utterly indefensible — it is a grave infringement on the rights of conscience of insurers, private employers, churches and individual citizens.”