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Abortion bill sparks debate in Washington state

Washington State Capitol (Wikipedia Creative Commons)
Washington State Capitol (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Abortion rights supporters and opponents packed a Washington state House hearing Thursday and debated a measure that would require insurers to pay for the procedure.

Supporters call the bill the Reproductive Parity Act and say it's intended to preserve existing abortion coverage once new health insurance rules come into effect under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

This measure would make Washington the first to do the opposite, though two federally mandated multi-state insurance plans, as well as those offered by providers claiming religious or conscience-based exemptions, would be excluded.

Elaine Rose, CEO of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, said that other states are considering similar legislation to Washington's but that she is not aware of such bills having been introduced.

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