Washington state lawmakers just expanded abortions again.
On April 16, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a law requiring all colleges and universities in the state to cover “voluntary abortions” in their student health plans, The College Fix reports.
State House Bill 1009 requires student health insurance plans “that provide coverage for maternity care or services must also provide substantially equivalent coverage to permit the voluntary abortion of a pregnancy.” Additionally, the new law states that the insurance plans “may not limit a woman’s access to services related to the voluntary abortion of a pregnancy.”
The law exempts religious colleges and universities, but it does not exempt individual students who oppose abortions.
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Inslee described the new law as a “great win for the access to reproductive rights.”
“Reproductive health services should be available to all individuals,” he said when he signed the law.
Washington state already has some of the most pro-abortion laws in the country, allowing unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason and forcing taxpayers to fund their deaths.
Pro-life leaders with the Washington State Catholic Conference, Students for Life of America and the Family Policy Institute of Washington spoke out against the bill and urged state lawmakers to oppose it.
The Catholic conference said the legislation not only puts unborn babies’ lives at risk but also the conscience rights of pro-life students.
“HB 1009 is problematic for students of faith who wish to uphold the sanctity of life while attending secular colleges in the state,” the conference responded. “Students will have to choose between going without insurance or being forced to purchase policies that subsidize and promote a procedure that violates their conscience.”
ACTION: Contact Gov. Jay Inslee to complain about him signing the bill.