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Special Measures Will Be Required For Abortion Insurance Bill To Reach Senate Floor

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Despite a majority of Washington state senators having signed a letter in support of a measure requiring insurers to cover abortion, a key lawmaker says it will not advance from her committee.
    
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.
    
Her announcement makes clear that special measures would be required for the bill to get to the Senate floor for a vote.

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