Making an option a requirement

Thursday, January 31, 2013
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

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.

Kennedy, Dan (Human Life of Washington)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 option."

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.

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