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Planned Parenthood Targets Six Senators on Reproductive Parity Act

By Erica C. Barnett March 8, 2012

Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest---the group that's running the ad you'll see, if you're reading this on March 8 or shortly thereafter, to the right---is targeting six specific state senators (two Democrats, four Republicans) in its effort to pass the reproductive parity act, the bill that would require insurers that fund maternity care to also pay for abortions (with an exemption for religious institutions).

The bill died in the state senate last week, when several Democrats voted along with the minority Republicans to oppose the bill. Although the legislation failed 26-23, it could be resurrected in a special session, which seems all but inevitable now given Republicans' and Democrats' inability to come to consensus on the state budget after the GOP staged a surprise budget coup last Friday night.

The senators Planned Parenthood is targeting are: Jim Kastama (D-25), who is running for secretary of state and who voted in favor of gay marriage; Steve Litzow (R-41), a onetime NARAL board member who has historically voted pro-choice; Rodney Tom (D-48), a former Republican; Cheryl Pflug (R-5); Andy Hill (R-45); and Curtis King (R-14).

"We're not done yet," says Planned Parenthood political director Dana Laurent. "We're saying that these particular senators did the wrong thing by voting against women's health ... They have a chance to turn it around and do the right thing."
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