Our lives are filled with distractions. Our political lives are no different.
Pro abortion legislators in Washington State, cheered on by our new Governor, Jay Inslee, are having hearings on what they’re calling “Reproductive Parity” legislation (HB 1044) on Thursday January 31, 2013 at 8:00am.
The gist of this legislation is this: If an employer offers health care benefits that cover maternity services, the benefits must cover abortion as well. Bad news, right? Essentially, we’re being told that wanting to love and care for your unborn baby is the same as wanting to murder your baby. Pro life organizations are asking pro life activists to show up en mass to the public hearing to show their opposition. But wait! This “Reproductive Party” bill is redundant as the Affordable Care Act already covers this issue, and it’s already working its way through the legal system and will, no doubt, be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States. If SCOTUS upholds it, HB 1044 becomes meaningless. If SCOTUS strikes it down, HB 1044 most likely becomes null and void.
Watch the other hand! This legislation, while terrible, looks to me like a distraction. The pro abortion crowd wants us to focus on this while ignoring other legislation. There’s a Parental Notification bill, SB 5156, in the Senate that needs our attention. Don’t be fooled by this, either. It’s not called Parental Consent. The notification bill is filled with judicial bypass clauses so huge that whatever good the bill might do is rendered meaningless. You can read the entire Senate Bill here: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2013-14/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5156.pdf. Pay special attention to the judicial bypass section beginning on page 5, section 8, subsection 2 on line 13. As this is only a parental notification bill not a parental consent bill, judicial bypass clauses are not required to be part of the legislation. My opinion is that this bill is simply an attempt by legislators on both sides to say, “See! We passed pro life legislation!” The only portion of this bill that is worth anything is found on page 7, section 11, subsection 1: “Nothing in this act is construed as creating or recognizing a right to abortion.” That’s it. For more on judicial bypass and such, please read here.
I’m not suggesting that the Reproductive Parity bill should be ignored, really. We should be very aware of it. It’s not going to hurt anything to speak out against it, but realize that the entire thing may simply be designed to distract us, to get us wound up about something that’s already law so that we miss the other things that are happening. We can’t afford to be distracted. Our goal is too important.