OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington lawmakers, poised to pass a bill requiring health insurers to pay for abortions, were told this week this would violate federal law and cause defunding of federal health and welfare funding.
Dominican Sister Sharon Park, director of the Washington State Catholic Conference, testified last week before the House Ways and Means Committee, telling state legislators the Reproductive Parity Act was in violation of the federal Hyde-Weldon Amendment.
“It’s a violation of religious freedom and of the Constitution,” Sister Sharon said. “But it also is a violation of the Weldon Amendment. If they do it the [federal] Health and Human Services Department can completely...READ MORE