So now the battle moves to the state Senate (under SB6359 -- their version of the Abortion Insurance Mandate). This is where the margin is VERY SLIM, so it's critical that everyone you know starts calling state Senators. If this bill doesn’t make it out of the Senate Health Care Committee, then it won’t get a vote on the Senate floor. So step 1 is to CALL as many members of this committee right away and ask that it not receive a public hearing and not be passed out of committee (http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/HLTH/Pages/MembersStaff.aspx ). There’s maybe a 1 vote margin in this committee. PLEASE CALL these state Senators asking them to OPPOSE passage of this bill. You can simply say "Please vote no on SB6359/HB2148 because I do not want to pay for abortion!"
First, the Senate Law & Justice committee passed SB5156, Parental Notification of Abortion prior to abortions performed on girls under the age of 18, requiring a doctor to notify a parent or guardian 48 hours before performing an abortion on an underage girl. (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=5156&year=2013 ). Please contact your state Senators to urge a YES/Support vote on this bill on the Senate floor. Here’s the video of the committee hearing (http://www.tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2014021042 ).
You can find your legislators at http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/
Please continue reading the rest of this blogsite for other key legislative issues being addressed.