ACTION ALERT: Mandatory Abortion Insurance Bill Passes Senate Committee

The Washington State Legislature is one step closer to passing a bill that would make it illegal to either sell or purchase an insurance plan that does not provide abortion.  This bill would deny every individual and insurance company in Washington State the right to purchase a product that would not require them to subsidize abortions.

Monday evening, Feb. 27, 2012 the Senate Ways and Means Committee passed ESHB 2330 to the Senate Rules Committee “without recommendation.”  It passed along party lines with the 13 Democrats voting “YES” and 8 Republicans voting “NO”.  So loud were the Republicans in declaring their unified and resounding “NO” that Senator Murray, the Chair of the committee, not knowing who won, called for a vote by a show of hands.

This bill was passed out of committee with the designation “Do pass without recommendation.” This is rare because it indicates a willingness to allow the bill to more forward but does not indicate the committee is recommending it be passed. Usually a bill moving out of committee has the recommendation “Do pass.”  This rarity is an indication that this bill has serious problems that even the proponents recognize.   Still, the committee did not consider any amendments. 

During the hearing, the committee’s own attorney had the following to say about the potential fiscal impacts:

Fiscal Analyst Tim Yowell of our staff has estimated that our state’s annual federal revenue under the Labor/HHS federal appropriations act is $6 billion annually. This is the amount that would be at risk under the Hyde/Weldon Amendment, if triggered by SB 6185.

 

We have provided the committee two statements from experts on the subject who believe this bill DOES violate that amendment.

 

What next?  It seems likely the bill will get pulled from Rules to the Senate floor in the next few days. If the bill does not have the votes to pass on the floor then the Senate Majority Leader, Lisa Brown from Spokane (Democrat, 3rd Legislative District), will not call it for a vote on the floor for fear of losing.  We don’t know how everyone is going to vote, so we still need your support in continuing to call your senators directly, which is best, or through the legislative hotline at (800)562-6000.  Thank you!!!

Comments:

Posted by anonymous on March 5, 2012
It is unconstitutional to force citizens to buy insurance of this kind. I should not have to pay for someone else to have an abortion and I will have to pay for that abortion when the insurance company raises my premiums to pay for these added costs to the insurance company.
Posted by Jenna Hall on March 3, 2012
Who would have ever believed we the peopoe would be forced to pay for abortions and same sex marriages? Thank God the Catholic Church has taken a brave and courageous stand. Unless the pastors, churches and men and women of God speak out against the evil that is pervading our land from abortion to same sex marriage, our very freedom as a nation is at stake. If we turn our back on God and his principles of conduct, there will be consequences. We serve a just God. Before Rome fell, there was rampant homosexuality and wickedness. God's Word says in Leviticus 26: 15-20"And if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant, then I will do this to you; I will bring upon you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and drain away your life. You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it. I will set my face against you so that you will be defeated by your enemies; those who hate you will rule over you. Our legislators act as if there is no God and no consequences for defying God's principles. God is sovereign but those with conviction must speak out against that which we know is evil.
Posted by Marlene Permann on March 1, 2012
We the people should not have to fund or buy insurance for abortion. Please vote NO.
Posted by Harvey on March 1, 2012
I have to agree with the person that said make it plain ... what you have said is hard to follow; which could be the reason this sort of thing is going forward. Too much confusion and symantical word play ... after saying all of that why not explain the bottom line; like this bill should not pass and we need to make our voice heard. How about including the number to the senator, this is afterall a Washington State thing so make it plain; Oh I can't wait to hear the trumpet sound, however until then this is a bleak future for my kids.
Posted by Senator Joyce Mulliken on March 1, 2012
Thank you 13th District Legislators for respecting all life! Our society has been on a 'slippery slope' since WA State approved abortion on demand, and the decision of Roe v. Wade. Now it looks like we are truly spiraling downward at a faster rate than any of us ever thought possible. Cardinal Francis George's recent, chilling and insightful statement, referring to the current state of affairs, "I expect to die in my bed, my predecessor will die in prison, and his predecessor will be martyred in the town square," sounded dramatic a few weeks ago -- but, now I wonder. We know evil prevails when good people do nothing -- and HB 2330 is simply evil. Apparantly, the election box doesn't influence the elected in WA State.
Posted by Mark Schuller on March 1, 2012
Welcome to the Washington State of Secular Politics. This bill is an abomination! I have been pretty much a life-long Democrat, but I do not accept the partisan beliefs that run through our government today which seem to say that all Democrats must be abortionists and they must sit back and support an attack on our Constitution! Obviously, these people have not thought of what the consequences of this bill will have on the future of health care. I am afraid that we Catholics are in for a long, fierce battle if this bill becomes law. Pray, brothers and sisters!
Posted by anonymous on March 1, 2012
Where are my constitutional rights respected?? First Ammendment, Freedom of Speech and Freedom of religion. It is wrong for government to tell me to do something that I don't believe in. Vote NO!
Posted by Rod Fuller on March 1, 2012
Just to put it simply, the State Legislature is taking abortion to the next step in not only asserting a false "constitutional right for abortion" but now forcing all of us who have health insurance to SUBSIDIZE abortions against our moral convictions. The Hyde amendment is a check against this completely tyrannical gesture by forbidding any federal funds to be used in such a venture. Washington stands to lose a lot of Federal $$ if this gets enacted, so in essence the libs pushing this are shooting themselves in the foot. PLEASE call your senators, however...Obama could try to backdoor the Hyde amendment and then we would have no recourse but to sue or try to bring the matter to petition.
Posted by Rodney Chipman on February 29, 2012
Life is presious from the time of conception on and if these heartless represenitives would take time to look at ultrasounds at verious stages or hold one of your grandbabies in your hand that didn't make to full term as I have, they would never even consider abortion.
Posted by Jeff Jackson on February 29, 2012
Can you please explain in English? Your description is too wordy. If you want more people to help with your causes, you need to simply. I don't have time to read all this.
Posted by Helen Cleveland on February 29, 2012
When are you going to listen to the people? We vote, you know. Say no to this mandatory abortion insurance bill.
Posted by matt ulrich on February 29, 2012
Only in WASHINGTON!!!!! the democrats sad to say respect nothing that concerns family and it looks to me like they take their cue from president obama. Washington has been paying for abortions out of their Medicaid funds for years and it looks to me like they want the insurance co. to take over. This is the most friendly state in the country for abortions and the party of death (democrats) just put the frosting on the cake with this abomination, shame on the state if this goes through.
Posted by Jerry McCutchen on February 29, 2012
Where in the State or Federal Constitution is this right given to the State?
Posted by Bill Williams on February 29, 2012
In answer to the posting by Dennis Amdt: We have a majority party that is totally unconcerned whether what they do is legal, right, fair or sound policy as long as it furthers their agenda. What is unfathomable is that the citizens of this State are so mindless as to allow the current majority party to continue their assault on the people's rights in order to fulfill the majority party's headlong rush to trash the Constitution while instituting their Progressive/Liberal policies and agenda. Further, one has to assume that Progressive/Liberals actually like killing babies in the womb as opposed to being responsible for their sexual behavior. After all, the overwhelming numbers of abortions are for convenience, avoidance of embarrassment, and birth control . . . not rape, incest, or true medical emergency . . . oh yes, did I forget . . . also is the woman's RIGHT to choose. Still . . . it seems that practicing responsibility for self and perhaps the inconvenience of some morals might possibly be a better course of action that baby killing. Oh well . . . welcome to the new Washington State. Its sure not the place where I was born and raised when children and life were both considered sacred.
Posted by David Harrison on February 29, 2012
I am sick and tired of state and federal govt.'s mandating what I must or must not buy!
Posted by Karen Annette Rawlins on February 29, 2012
My husband and I will call and send the word out t all we can to call immediately. Thank you for forwarding this info. The fight continues until our LORD Overcomes.
Posted by james burton on February 29, 2012
I disaprove of this bill. I do not beleve in killing the unborn.
Posted by Dennis Arndt on February 29, 2012
When are you going to stand up and say NO to some of these things. What kind of people do we have in our government???
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