By Michael F. Haverluck
There’s already a mandate in Obamacare for employers to pay for abortifacients as part of their health care packages, and now residents of Washington are alarmed that a state plan, the “Reproductive Parity Act,” would require them to buy insurance covering abortions, too.
The state plan, SB 5009, actually would take government demands that citizens pay to kill the unborn further than Obama’s strategy.
It states it is about “preserving health insurance coverage for the voluntary termination of a pregnancy by requiring health plans issued or renewed…. that provide coverage for maternity care or services to provide a covered person with substantially equivalent coverage to permit the voluntary termination of a pregnancy.”
It bans any “limiting in any way a woman’s access to services related to the voluntary termination of a pregnancy…”
The federal Obamacare mandate for employers to pay for abortifacients already have been challenged in courts dozens of times, and most of those courts have been coming down against the federal government’s strategy.
“It does much more than Obamacare,” said Joseph Backholm, executive director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington, said of the state plan in an exclusive WND interview. “The very purpose of it is to eliminate the executive order restricting the use of federal funds for abortion that was a condition of getting enough votes to pass Obamacare.”
Backholm asserts that the timing of this proposed legislation in Washington state is no mistake, maintaining that it was carefully calculated to deal with the abortion issue in Obamacare.
“This is the reason they did an executive order rather than put it in the bill itself, because they knew they could get it stricken through a maneuver like this,” the pro-life director contends. “It’s also why Bart Stupak and company threw the pro-life community under the bus, because this was very foreseeable.”
Backholm says the bill makes little sense if divorced from its grand scheme.
‘The bill mandating every policy to cover abortion purports to make sure that people who want abortion coverage will be able to get it,” Backholm said. “But the truth is, every insurance company already offers it. So if that’s the real goal, it’s a solution without a problem.”
Backholm reminded WND about the underlying objective of SB 5009 to put Obamacare into perspective.
“The bill is likely part of a strategy to strike down the executive order that President Obama signed restricting the use of federal funds for abortion,” the pro-life advocate stressed. “It states that abortion cannot be an essential benefit of health care.”
Backholm said the real agenda is being revealed.
“This bill states that in Washington State, abortion is an essential benefit of health care,” Backholm points out. “If the bill was passed and the executive order challenged, the executive order would likely be thrown out. That would make federal funds in general available to pay for abortions.”
Behind the push for the new aggressive pro-abortion legislation in Washington are Planned Parenthood, the biggest player in the nation’s abortion industry; NARAL (National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League) and other key players advocating abortion on demand.
This comes at a time when America is about to mourn the deaths of 55 million unborn children on the 40th anniversary of 1973’s Roe v. Wade decision ─ not to mention a record-breaking year for Planned Parenthood, which performed 333,964 abortions during the 2011-2012 fiscal year and was handed an unprecedented $542 million in taxpayer funding, according to report prepared by the Susan B. Anthony List.
And exactly who will this affect in the Evergreen state, which is ranked as the most pro-death state in America by Americans United for Life due to its policies on abortion, bioethics, rights of conscience, human research, euthanasia and the personhood of newly born and preborn children?
“Anyone buying a maternity insurance plan would be forced to buy additional coverage that would cover an abortion of the pregnancy – no exceptions,” explained John Geis, director of government relations for the Family Policy Institute of Washington. “Every business would have to buy it for their employees.”
Geis warns that Americans from coast to coast should be very concerned with how this could ultimately affect them, hoping they will not underestimate the magnitude of the so-called Reproductive Parity Act.
“This bill is arguably the top state legislative priority for our nation’s abortion industry and their aggressive push for abortion on demand,” explains Geis. “You may remember this bill during Washington state’s past 2012 legislative session, as House Bill 2330 and Senate Bill 6185. Washington was chosen to be the first state to run this unconstitutional bill, the test state, the state on the ‘cutting edge’ of abortion on demand in the U.S.”
Geis adds that besides costing the lives of preborn children, SB 5009 could cost the state of Washington $6 billion.
“It is the abortion industry’s desire to pass a bill into law that will directly challenge and take down the Hyde-Weldon Amendment in court, no matter the financial cost to citizens or who suffers in the process,” the FPIW director divulged concerning the labor/HHS law that forbids federal funding to federal, local or state governments that have compulsory abortion coverage.
And the consequences of the bill don’t stop there.
“It will take away constitutional rights,” Geis declared. “The bill will not protect those, who by choice of faith or conscience, do not wish to purchase or sell abortion coverage. It would therefore violate the U.S. and Washington state constitutions, which guarantee religious liberties and freedom of conscience.”
The Family Policy Institute of Washington is encouraging Americans to call the prime sponsors of the Reproductive Parity Act ─ Sen. Steve Litzow, R-41st Dist, at 360-786-7641 and Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-44th, at 360-786-7686 ─ and ask them to withdraw their sponsorship.
Pro-life advocates can also contact FPIW at [email protected] for information to email or call nine other representatives who are co-sponsors of SB 5009 to withdraw their support.