The new state legislative session is well underway, and a few state senators are planning to reintroduce what’s known as the Reproductive Parity Act. The bill would require insurers who cover maternity care to also cover abortions.
Last year’s version of the bill died in the Senate due to Republican opposition. This year it's getting another chance, and it already has the support of Governor Jay Inslee, who mentioned it specifically in his inaugural address.
Ross Reynolds talks with a proponent of the legislation, Steve Hobbs, the Democratic state senator who represents Washington's 44th Legislative District. The 44th includes Lake Stevens, Mill Creek and Snohomish.