Pro-Life Connections -- South King Pro-Life Support Network Message Board › Call your Wash State congressmen immediately - H.B. 2330 - passed house.
Federal Way, WA
From: Dan Kennedy <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, February 17, 2012 8:58 AM
Subject: Taking birth-control mandate a step further (OneNewsNow.com)
FYI 2 national stories covering the attempt to mandate abortion coverage.
Taking birth-control mandate a step further (OneNewsNow.com)
The Washington state House has approved a bill that requires insurance policies that cover maternity and birth to also pay for abortion. But according to a pro-lifer, the Senate has yet to act. The House has voted 52-46 to pass H.B. 2330 and send it to the state Senate, even though pro-life activists strongly object what it calls for. "It's an incredible attack on the right of conscience," says Dan Kennedy of Human Life of Washington. But leading pro-abortion groups, including NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, are praising the vote.
"We see the attack coming from the federal government; now the attack here is in the state government," Kennedy laments. "It would be a violation of our conscience, it would be a violation of insurance companies' rights, and it would be a violation of business owners' rights to offer and provide the insurance that they believe their employees want or need."
But he does not know the measure's chance of passing in the Senate.
"You know, sometimes they just seem oblivious down there," Kennedy contends, referring to Olympia, the state capital. "In talking to some legislators, it's like talking to a wall. You wonder if they're living on the same planet. I just honestly don't know at this point what the chances are."
But he agrees that the bill's message seems to be that if insurance covers life, then it must also finance death. The pro-life leader stresses that if the government -- either state or federal -- can get away with a mandate like this, then they can impose just about anything on the public.
Meanwhile, House Majority Whip Rep. Bill Hinkle (R) has submitted an amendment to put the state on notice that H.B. 2330 violates the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of certain federal funds to pay for abortions. His proposal would invalidate the law if that claim is true.
Bill mandating abortion coverage in maternity insurance passes Wash. State House
OLYMPIA, February 16, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Legislators in the Washington state House passed a bill Monday mandating that all insurance plans that cover the costs of bringing a child to term also pay for aborting the baby.
Supporters of the “Reproductive Parity Act,” such as the local chapter of NARAL, say the measure is necessary to protect coverage for “abortion services” in the face of changes wrought by the new health insurance exchanges due for implementation in 2014 under the federal health care bill.
“Just as no one anticipates breaking their leg, no one anticipates needing an abortion. It should be covered just as any other common medical procedure,” wrote local Planned Parenthood official Dana Laurent in an email to supporters calling for support for the Senate bill.
The measure passed 52-46 and now faces a vote in the Senate, where a companion bill has already passed one committee.
Click “like” if you want to end abortion!An amendment to HB 2330 states that “nothing in this act affect the right of objection based on conscience or religion” as delineated in state law. The sections cited state that no “health care provider, religiously sponsored health carrier, or health care facility” can be forced to provide, purchase, or pay for coverage for morally objectionable services.
However, Dan Kennedy of Human Life of Washington told LifeSiteNews.com that the religious exemption was “purposely vague” and the codes it refers to “ultimately provide no remedy” - and says that the move is not unlike the Obama administration’s recent mandate forcing religious employers pay for birth control.
“If you want to see what future HHS mandates may look like, look no further than Washington State. NARAL’s assertion that this bill is necessary to protect abortion ‘rights’ from Obamacare is preposterous on its face,” Kennedy told LSN.
Rather than prohibiting abortion coverage, the Obama health care bill mandates that at least one insurance plan in the exchange cover the procedure.
Kennedy said the bill was in “clear violation” of the federal Hyde amendment forbidding federal abortion funding. “[Hyde] is not merely a conscience clause exempting morally or religiously opposed abortion mandates. It forbids establishing a mandate upon any plan in the first place,” he said.
Dan Kennedy, CEO
Human Life of Washington