OLYMPIA, Wash. - Speaking before a crowd of about 250 abortion-rights supporters, Gov. Jay Inslee called Monday for an up-or-down vote in the state Senate on a measure to require most insurers in the state to cover abortions.
Supporters of the bill, which they call the Reproductive Parity Act, say it would ensure continued coverage for abortions once federal health care reforms trigger bureaucratic hurdles for insurers paying for the procedure. The reforms go into effect next year.
Opponents say the bill is unnecessary because abortion coverage is already widespread.
The measure, expected to pass out of the Democratic-controlled House, faces an uncertain future in the Republican-dominated Senate.
Senate Health Care Committee Chair Randi Becker says her committee will hear the bill but declined to say what its chances were of emerging from it.
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AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - On Thursday dozens of people lined the streets in Airway Heights to pay their respects to two fallen Fairchild Airmen.>>
AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - On Thursday dozens of people lined the streets in Airway Heights to pay their respects to Capt. Victoria Pinckney and Tech. Sgt. Herman "Tre" Mackey III as their bodies were transported to Spokane ahead of Tuesday's public memorial.>>
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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The body of a 46-year-old female has been found at the Oxford Suites Hotel in Spokane Valley.>>
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