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Hobbs, Litzow to Reintroduce Reproductive Parity Act

Republican Steve Litzow joins Democrat Steve Hobbs in reintroducing legislation that would require insurers that cover maternity care to also cover abortions.

By Erica C. Barnett January 9, 2013


In an apparent effort to reclaim his longstanding reputation as a rare pro-choice Republican, state senator Steve Litzow (R-41) will join centrist Democratic state senator Steve Hobbs (D-44) in announcing the re-introduction of the Reproductive Parity Act, which would require insurance companies that pay for maternity care to also pay for abortions, tomorrow.

Litzow, a former member of the NARAL Pro-Choice Washington board, lost the support of both NARAL and Planned Parenthood last year when he voted against the bill. (At the time, Litzow said he voted against the act because it was a "political ploy" to stop the budget from moving forward). The bill died mostly a long party lines, 26-23. 

Hobbs will announce the re-launch of the Reproductive Parity Act in a press call put together by Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest tomorrow afternoon. The call, which will include a Washington state woman who plans to buy insurance from the new state exchange, will not, notably, include Litzow.

Back in November, Jolt called Litzow "the future of the Republican Party" because his lefty positions on social issues like marijuana legalization and transit, combined with his conservative economic views, make him formidable even in Democratic bastions like King County.  

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