Washington state bill links abortion coverage with maternity care

Sent to governor for expected signature

By Dave Andrusko

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

Back on August 15 , Oregon Right to Life explained that

Today Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 3391 into law, solidifying Oregon’s status as the most radically pro-abortion state in America. Abortions must now be covered 100 percent by all insurance policies, without a co-pay or deductible. HB 3391 also establishes a $10 million fund for illegal immigrants’ reproductive “care,” of which $500 thousand is estimated to be spent covering abortions.

Not to be outdone, over the weekend the Washington legislature passed SB 6219. According to the Associated Press

The Washington Legislature has passed a measure that would require Washington insurers offering maternity care to also cover elective abortions and contraception.

The Senate concurred on changes made in the House to Senate Bill 6219 and passed it on a 27-22 vote Saturday. The measure now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee for his expected signature.

But that’s not all.

In addition to linking abortion coverage with maternity care, the bill would require health plans issued or renewed after Jan. 1, 2019, to provide copayment- and deductible-free coverage for all contraceptive drugs and devices, as well as voluntary sterilization and any consultations or other necessary procedures.

The bill is strongly opposed by the Washington Catholic Conference:

Abortion Insurance Mandate SB 6219 mandates coverage for abortion in insurance plans in the state of Washington. The Catholic Bishops of Washington strongly oppose it because it promotes abortions while violating constitutionally-protected conscience rights. As the bill is currently written, health insurance plans that object to offering coverage that includes abortion may not have any legal protection. No person should be compelled to do something contrary to his or her individual conscience.

Joseph Backholm reminds us

While the bill had been defeated three times in previous years, the passage of this bill following the Democrats retaking the majority in the Washington State Senate is yet another reminder that elections have real consequences in the lives of real people, particularly in the church these days.