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Panel narrowly passes Reproductive Parity Act

OLYMPIA -- With a one-vote margin, the House Health Care and Wellness Committee passed a bill that would require most insurance companies to cover abortion if they cover maternity services. HB 2148, often called the Reproductive Parity Act was denounced by opponents like Rep. Shelly...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 21, 2014

OLYMPIA -- Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, tells members of the March for Life on the steps of the state Capitol to continue the fight against legalized abortion. (Jim Camden)

Abortion foes fill Capitol mall

Rep. Matt Shea urges demonstrators for the March for LIfe to continue the fight against legalized abortion. OLYMPIA -- The annual March for Life brought several thousand demonstrators to the Capitol Tuesday, filling the north steps of the Legislative Building and the Temple of Justice....

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21, 2013

AG: Public hospitals have to follow abortion law

OLYMPIA – Public hospitals that provide maternity services must also provide access to contraception and abortion, even if they contract with a private company that bars such services, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Wednesday. In a formal attorney general’s opinion, Ferguson said state law,...

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Sunday Spin: Parity bill cut off at cutoff

OLYMPIA – The Legislature has a variety of deadlines designed to winnow down the thousands of bills introduced in any given session to a few hundred that actually require everyone to cast a vote. These deadlines, known as cutoffs, generally require a bill to prove...

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Becker: No vote on abortion coverage bill

OLYMPIA -- Supporters of the controversial Reproductive Parity Act say they have enough votes to pass it in the Senate, but they may not get the chance. The chairwoman of the committee that held a two-hour hearing on the bill said Monady afternoon she will...

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Abortion coverage bill faces deadline 

OLYMPIA -- As abortion-rights groups and their legislative allies try to force a vote on a bill that would expand requirements for insurance companies to cover the procedure, a Washington congresswoman is warning President Obama the proposal violates federal laws. The Senate Health Care Committee...

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WA Lege Day 78: Abortion coverage hearing today 

OLYMPIA -- The Reproductive Parity Act, which would require any insurance plan that overs maternity benefits to also cover abortion, gets a hearing this morning in the Senate Health Care Committee. The bill is controversial, as has been its scheduling. Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom,...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 2013

Reproductive Parity bill passes 

OLYMPIA -- On a mostly party-line vote, the House passed the Reproductive Parity Act, sending it to the Senate on a 53-43 vote. Both sides argued that they were defending "choice." Supporters said women should have medical insurance that allows them to choose abortion, regardless...

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Reproductive Parity debate starts

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...

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