As Washington state lawmakers consider a bill that would force
coverage of abortion, a pro-lifer asserts that proponents of such
language will have a fight on their hands.
Under HB 1044, the Reproductive Parity
Act, health insurance policies that pay for maternity care and the
birth of a child must also pay for abortion. But Dan Kennedy, who
heads Human Life of
Washington, points out that it violates the federal Weldon Amendment [PDF].
"Secondly, it violates conscience rights of individual policy
holders, of businesses who purchase policies, of religious
institutions," he continues. "One of their arguments is that, in
fact, this abortion coverage is offered in every insurance offered
in the state of Washington -- which is true, but it's offered as an
This proposal would make it mandatory.
The bill does offer a conscience clause, but Kennedy adds that
it is ineffective and does not really protect anyone. "So, it is
jaw-dropping in its cynicism," he decides.
But Kennedy tells OneNewsNow that if the measure passes, it will
be ripe for a court challenge. He points to the state's law
governing pharmacists and pharmacies, which remains in court
because it does not protect people of faith.