The abortion insurance mandate is a bill forcing insurance on citizens to cover abortions. It comes to us compliments of the abortion industry. Anyone buying a maternity insurance plan would be forced to buy additional coverage that would cover an abortion of the pregnancy. No exceptions. Every business would have to buy it for their employees. No exceptions. So much for the abortion industry actually being pro-choice.
This bill is arguably the top state legislative priority for our nation’s abortion industry and their aggressive push for abortion on demand. You may remember this bill during Washington State’s past 2012 legislative session, as House Bill 2330 and Senate Bill 6185. Washington was chosen to be the first state to run this unconstitutional bill, the test state, the state on the “cutting edge” of abortion on demand in the U.S.
No wonder. Washington State is ranked 50th in the country by Americans United for Life. That means it’s the most anti-life or pro-death state in America. It’s not just pro-abortion but favors ending life at all stages. The worst in America!!! This is a ranking that should motivate every citizen with a well formed conscience into action, at least to some degree, to do something.
Fortunately this bill was narrowly defeated in the Senate this past session, due to the efforts of many of you. But BEWARE, the abortion industry was furious over this loss and is preparing to pass it in 2013.
The bill is ironically called the “Reproductive Parity Act” by its proponents who actually despise true reproductive parity or equality for innocent unborn children. These are the innocent children who are conceived by “adults” in an act of their free will, their free choice, who then in an act of rebellion to self reject the responsibility of their actions for the incredibly disturbing selfishness of “reproductive inequality”.
In a double irony, the older meaning of the word parity which dates back to 1878, is “the state or fact of having borne children.” If only the abortion industry actually meant what they said.
So here are the three main problems with the abortion insurance mandate bill as it appeared in 2012.
First of all it is unnecessary. Washington State law already mandates insurance companies offer abortion coverage.
Secondly is the grave moral concern that it will rob Washington State of $6 Billion per year in Federal funding because it violates the “Hyde/Weldon Amendment”. This is funding for labor, health care and human services, and education; all of which are funded through the Labor/HHS appropriations bill. The $6 Billion estimate was made this year by the State Senate’s bipartisan, budget staff.
The Hyde/Weldon Amendment is Section 507 (d) of the federal Labor/HHS appropriations bill enacted into law in December 2011. This section directly outlaws the distribution of federal funding from the Labor/HHS bill to any federal, state, or local government if coverage for abortion is mandated. The amendment specifically states in (d)(1): “None of the funds made available in this Act may be made available to a Federal agency or program, or to a state or local government, if such an agency, program, or government subjects any institutional or individual health care entity to discrimination on the basis that the health care entity does not provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.” Also, this bill identifies a “health care entity” as: “an individual physician or other health care professional, a hospital, a provider-sponsored organization, a health maintenance organization, a health insurance plan, or any other kind of health care facility, organization, or plan.”
This reveals another intention of this bill. It is the abortion industry’s desire to pass a bill into law that will directly challenge and take down the Hyde/Weldon Amendment in court, no matter the financial cost to citizens or who suffers in the process. This could be their bill.
Lastly, as stated earlier, it will take away constitutional rights. The bill will not protect those, who by choice of faith or conscience, do not wish to purchase or sell abortion coverage. It would therefore violate the U.S. and Washington State Constitutions which guarantee religious liberties and freedom of conscience. Again in great irony, the “pro-choice” abortion industry wants to legislate taking away our free choice.
So why would Washington State legislators push an unnecessary bill that threatens so much money to the programs they hold dear in labor, health care and education and by extension negatively affect the wallet of every one of their constituents, their voters who get them reelected? That, my friends, is the power of the abortion lobby. They’re able to drain common sense from the brains of those who bow to their power and declare their undying servitude.
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It is hard to know exactly what this bill will look like in 2013. But, if it is in any way similar to last year it will present significant threats to Washingtonians who value life, freedom, their wallet, and even common sense.
LifeNews Note: John Geis is the Director of Government Relations for the Family Policy Institute of Washington