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April 29, 2021

Washington Gov. Signs Bill Requiring Student Health Insurance Plans to Cover Abortion

Washington Governor Jay Inslee (D)
Washington Governor Jay Inslee (D) on April 16 signed a bill that requires all student health plans at public universities to cover elective abortions.

HB 1009 reads that insurance plans “that provide coverage for maternity care or services must also provide substantially equivalent coverage to permit the voluntary abortion of a pregnancy.”

The bill exempts religious colleges and universities, but the Washington Catholic Conference still staunchly opposed this legislation.

“HB 1009 is problematic for students of faith who wish to uphold the sanctity of life while attending secular colleges in the state,” the conference explained in a policy brief.

“They will not have the opportunity to purchase health insurance without violating their consciences. Students will have to choose between going without insurance or being forced to purchase policies that subsidize and promote a procedure that violates their conscience. HB 1009 not only promotes the destruction of human life but also violates the fundamental right to conscience guaranteed by our state and national constitutions.”

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