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State House passes abortion insurance bill

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OLYMPIA — A measure that would require Washington insurers offering maternity care to also cover elective abortions was passed by the state House on Wednesday.

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

Rep. Eileen Cody, a Democrat from Seattle who sponsored the measure, said that while abortions are already covered by most plans, this measure ensures that women’s abortion access isn’t limited if…

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