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By Zoey Palmer
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Reproductive Parity Act wins House approval; Senate next


The Reproductive Parity Act, a controversial bill that would require insurance plans that cover live births to also cover abortions, was passed by the state House of Representatives Friday morning after heated debate from both sides of the issue.

The 53-43 vote was largely along party lines, with Rep. Chad Magendanz (R-5th District, Issaquah) as the sole Republican who voted in favor of the measure and Rep. Roger Freeman (D-30th District, Federal Way) as the only Democrat who dissented.

Exemptions in the bill allow religious organizations to not cover the procedure, but some have argued the exemptions aren’t strong enough. An amendment offered by Rep. Jay Rodne (R-5th District, Issaquah...

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