Abortion coverage medical marijuana bills advance

first_imgOLYMPIA — Two of the Washington legislative session’s most controversial issues moved out of a House committee Thursday, giving the full chamber the chance to vote on whether most insurance policies must cover abortion and a significant rewrite of the medical marijuana laws.On a 9-8 partisan vote, the panel passed HB 2148, often called the Reproductive Parity Act, over the opposition of Republicans like Rep. Shelly Short, of Addy, who said it was taking “choice” away from people with moral objections to abortion who don’t want to pay for insurance plans that cover it.Supporters like Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, said the decision on whether to have an abortion should be made by a woman and the people she chooses to consult — her doctor, family or faith community.“It is not for a business to decide, it is not for an insurance company to decide, it is not for someone else’s faith community to decide,” Jinkins said.Committee Chairwoman Eileen Cody, D-West Seattle, the sponsor of the bill, said for years she’s had men ask her why they should pay for insurance plans with maternity services that they’ll never use. But, she added, “we’re not going to change anyone’s mind either way on this.”last_img

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