Already attempted here in WA. Fortunately it is dead for now. And if things go well and Rob McKenna is elective governor (a strong, orthodox Catholic, and KofC) it won't see the light of day. But if his competition, Jay Inslee, is elected, I don't see how this will be stopped.
From the bill:
Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 48.43 RCW to read as follows:
INDENT If a health plan issued or renewed on or after the effective date of this section provides coverage for maternity care or services, the health plan must also provide a covered person with substantially equivalent coverage to permit the voluntary termination of a pregnancy.[/INDENT]
The only exception is:
(ii) A health plan is not required to cover abortions that would be unlawful under RCW 9.02.120.
And what does 9.02.120 say (source):
Unless authorized by RCW 9.02.110, any person who performs an abortion on another person shall be guilty of a class C felony punishable under chapter 9A.20 RCW.
There is no religious exemption. All plans must provide abortion coverage if they also provide maternity coverage.
Again, the strange idea that somehow abortion is "reproductive care". :rolleyes:
And somehow the rabid pro-"choice", pro- gay-"marriage" Kagi and Ryu, as my state representatives keeps getting elected.
(There's a companion bill in the WA state senate, SB 6185, which has identical language. And of course, my state senator, Chase, is a sponsor. :rolleyes:)
I gotta move!