WA Senator says Abortion Insurance Bill Won't Pass Panel
OLYMPIA, Wash. - A key lawmaker says a measure requiring insurers to cover abortion will not advance from her committee, despite a majority of Washington state senators signing a letter in support of the measure.
Republican Senator Randi Becker of Eatonville is chairwoman of the Senate Health Care Committee. Her panel heard testimony on the bill Monday morning. In the afternoon, she said the bill would not move forward.
Supporters say the measure would ensure continued abortion coverage once federal health care reforms take effect next year.
Opponents counter that the bill is unnecessary because abortion coverage is widespread in Washington state and assert that it threatens religious freedom.
Becker's move means the bill will not reach the floor.