ACTION ALERT: Bill Requiring Mandatory Insurance for Abortion Advances In the Legislature.
By John Geis
The Washington State Legislature (WSL) is moving a bill that forces all individuals to purchase and all businesses sell abortion insurance coverage on a maternity plan. This is clearly an attempt to impose a state abortion mandate at the hands and under the direct bidding of Planned Parenthood and NARAL.
The Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2330 passed from the House floor with 52 yes votes and 46 no votes, where three democrats voted against it. It then passed through several Senate hurdles to end up in the Ways and Means committee for a public hearing yesterday, where our testimony was excellent. The bill awaits an Executive Session in that committee on Monday, Feb 27th at 1:30pm or 3:30pm.
Now is the time act! Contact your senators and share your thoughts on ESHB 2330!
Here’s why. There are four concerns we have with this bill.
1. It’s unnecessary:
- Insurance carriers already provide coverage for abortions on maternity plans.
- Anyone wishing to buy or business wishing to offer this coverage may do so.
2. It violates federal law, specifically the “Hyde/Weldon Amendment”, which prohibits funding abortions as stated in Section 508, (d) (1) and (2).
3. It violates the U.S. and Washington State constitutional rights of citizens to freely practice their religion and freedom of conscience.
4. It’s extremely costly to you, the taxpayer:
- Since it violates the Hyde/Weldon Amendment, a Senate Ways and Means committee bipartisan, fiscal staff member has given the estimate that this risks forfeiting 6 BILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY in Labor, Health and Human Services and Education.
- Also, because it violates the 1st Amendment, it puts the State in the position of being sued and losing additional millions in legal fees over many years as is the case in the Stormans’ lawsuit, which won due to religious liberties.
Thank you very much for taking time out of your busy schedules to contact your senators about this bill. Here’s How: