The bill, which recently passed the House, would ensure that a woman seeking an abortion "receive[s] the same insurance coverage for the procedure that she would get for maternal care." Although "[t]his is the current standard offered by insurance policies statewide," the measure seeks to "protect that coverage as much as possible after federal health reforms take effect," the editorial adds.
According to the editorial, "Polls show female voters overwhelmingly support reproductive rights." Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood estimates that lawmakers have received 56,000 emails, letters and calls in support of the bill.
The editorial notes that after "weeks of withholding a hearing," the Senate now plans to let the public weigh in on the matter before the April 3 deadline. "State senators should listen to [the] chorus" and "[a]ct soon," the editorial concludes (Seattle Times, 2/28).
Debra Ness, publisher & president, National Partnership
Andrea Friedman, associate editor & director of reproductive health programs, National Partnership
Marya Torrez, associate editor & senior reproductive health policy counsel, National Partnership
Melissa Safford, associate editor & policy advocate for reproductive health, National Partnership
Perry Sacks, assistant editor & health program associate, National Partnership
Cindy Romero, assistant editor & communications assistant, National Partnership
Justyn Ware, editor
Amanda Wolfe, editor-in-chief
Heather Drost, Hanna Jaquith, Marcelle Maginnis, Ashley Marchand and Michelle Stuckey, staff writers
Tucker Ball, director of new media, National Partnership