Senate Bill 6219
The Abortion Insurance Mandate would require all insurance providers to provide abortion insurance coverage. Pro-life business owners would have no choice but to provide abortion insurance for their employees. Every business, regardless of their religious convictions, will be required to subsidize abortions by paying for abortion coverage.
Sponsors: Hobbs, Saldaña, Dhingra, Ranker, Carlyle, Takko, Kuderer, Hasegawa, Palumbo,
Chase, Nelson, Frockt, Keiser, Wellman, Darneille, Mullet, Billig, Pedersen, Rolfes, Hunt, Liias
Senate Committee: Health and Long-Term Care
What are some talking points?
- Threatens rights of conscience and religious freedom: The dignity of the individual is respected by allowing individuals to make choices that are consistent with their conscience and value system. This bill denies every individual, including women who wish not to subsidize abortion with their insurance premium, the liberty to purchase insurance products that are consistent with their beliefs.
- Threatens federal funding for social services:Federal law prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for abortions or abortion coverage, except in limited circumstances. By accepting federal funds through Obamacare, Washington State will be using federal funds to pay for health care. If every health insurance policy is required to cover abortion, then federal funds would be used for abortions in violation of federal law. The penalty for violating this law is the loss of all funding for education, healthcare and labor, which would be more than $6 billion per year.
- Doesn’t solve an actual problem:This bill is a solution without a problem. During testimony in the House of Representatives, not a single woman testified that she had trouble accessing abortions because of a lack of coverage. It does not make sense to take away liberty and choice from millions of people to solve a theoretical problem.
- Will lead to costly litigation: This bill is certain to be challenged in court. It conflicts with federal law regarding the use of federal funds for abortion and is also problematic because of its impact on conscience rights and religious freedom. It is an unwise use of public dollars to pass a bill that will certainly use up significant public resources in litigation, particularly in light of the fact that no one is actually helped by the bill.
- Creates hostile business climate for pro-life businesses: Washington needs job creation. We need to create a climate where businesses want to come, create jobs, create opportunities, and build our economy. By telling every business that offers insurance with 15 or more employees that they must subsidize abortion, we tell every business owner and potential business owner that they must do business elsewhere if they do not wish to pay for abortions.