OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A Republican-dominated coalition in the state Senate has blocked discussion on a plan to require insurers to cover abortion.
Some Democrats in the Senate made a motion Wednesday morning to take up an insurance bill ahead of a key cutoff, saying they planned to amend the measure to include the abortion rules. Republican Sen. Steve Litzow is a co-sponsor of the abortion insurance legislation, but he was among those who voted to help narrowly defeat the effort.
The abortion insurance bill has already passed the state House, and Gov. Jay Inslee has repeatedly urged the Senate to approve it.
Supporters say the measure would ensure continued ensure continued abortion coverage in the state once federal health care reforms taking effect next year. Opponents counter that abortion insurance coverage is already widespread in the state and that the bill is unnecessary.
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