Wash. House passes abortion insurance bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The House has approved a measure that would require Washington insurers offering maternity care to also cover elective abortions.

House Bill 2148 passed on a 54-44 vote on Wednesday, and now heads to the Senate, where it's expected to have trouble gaining traction.

Supporters say that the measure is needed to ensure that women's abortion access isn't limited if insurance plans choose to not cover the procedures.  Opponents argued that business owners and others will be required to pay for policies that are out of line with their personal beliefs.

The same measure also passed the Democratic-controlled House last year, but stalled in the Senate, which is controlled by the Majority Coalition Caucus, a group of 24 Republicans and two Democrats.

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