March 26, 2013
"Washington State May Require Insurers To Cover Abortion as Part of Maternity Care," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": Washington state lawmakers are considering a bill (HB 1044) that would prevent insurers that participate in the state's insurance exchange "from adopting the same kind of anti-abortion policies that have been sweeping the nation over the past two years," Culp-Ressler writes. She notes that the "proposed Reproductive Parity Act ... may become the first to ensure that insurance companies aren't permitted to segregate abortion care from the rest of the women's health services covered under their plans." Culp-Ressler cites Guttmacher Institute statistics that show how women in states "that have enacted roadblocks to abortion coverage" often have to pay "large out-of-pocket costs" for abortion care. Guttmacher State Issues Manager Elizabeth Nash has noted that the bill, if passed, could be a "'watershed event'" and "'be a model for other states to follow,'" Culp-Ressler writes (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 3/25).
"North Dakota Votes To Ban All Abortions by Defining Life at Conception," Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": North Dakota lawmakers on Friday approved a resolution (ND 4009) authorizing a 2014 ballot measure that would "endow fertilized eggs with all the rights of U.S. citizens and effectively outlaw abortion," Culp-Ressler writes. She notes that the measure would have "far-reaching consequences even beyond abortion care, since it will charge doctors who damage embryos with criminal negligence" and "prevent them from performing in vitro fertilization," leading some doctors to threaten to leave the state if the measure is enacted. Culp-Ressler writes that the personhood bill is "so extreme" that even some antiabortion-rights Republicans in the state -- including Rep. Kathy Hawken (R) -- oppose it (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 3/22).
What others are saying about personhood:
~ "North Dakota Republicans Will Join Pro-Choice Rally To Protest New Abortion Restrictions," Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."