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Reproductive-rights activists: budget mostly kind to women’s health programs; RPA battle to resume in 2014

Supporters of abortion rights certainly hit a political brick wall trying to get the Reproductive Parity Act passed in the Republican-steered Washington state Senate this year, despite relatively easy passage in the House. Still, after failing to pass the bill requiring insurance plans to include abortion if they cover maternity, advocates for women’s reproductive rights say they won a lot of what they sought in the state’s two-year operating budget.

That’s right. Republicans who dominate the Senate Majority Caucus were able to head off a vote on a bill requiring insurers to cover abortion, despite a majority of at least

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UPDATE – Bill guaranteeing abortion coverage in health insurance plans looks doomed in state Senate

One way or another, a bill requiring health insurance policies to include abortion coverage if they also cover maternity will get heard in the Senate Health Care Committee. It just won’t happen before next week’s Feb. 22 deadline for passing bills out of committee, Republican Sen. Randi Becker of Eatonville says.

Becker, who chairs the Senate committee, said she will hear the House version of the so-called Reproductive Parity Act once the House approves it in a floor vote and it is sent over to the Senate.

Becker said in an interview late Friday that she and Rep. Eileen Cody,

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