OLYMPIA — Debate over the Reproductive Parity bill starts after a pair of caucus meetings. First up, a call for a Republican amendment with a “conscience clause” to be inserted into the bill.
That allows an organization to keep from offering abortion as part of its medical coverage if it has a religious objection to it. It passes unanimously.
Democrats then offered an even broader amendment with a more encompassing conscience clause. It passes 52-44.
“We are not changing anything in the conscience clause,” Rep Eileen Cody says.
Some opponents of the bill are sporting white, looped ribbons on their lapels or jackets. Supporters have lapel buttons that say “Privacy, Justice, Freedom.”