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 …