Despite pleas, abortion bill won't get Senate vote

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on March 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 3 at 6:40 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. - When Christine Kocsis had an abortion seven years ago, she didn't tell anyone.

Now she'll tell anyone willing to listen.

She hopes sharing her story will persuade lawmakers to pass the so-called "Reproductive Parity Act" this legislative session.

She likely will have to wait for at least another year.

The bill would make insurance companies that provide maternal care also cover abortions.

The Republican Chair of the Senate Health Care Committee, Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, said the bill does not have the votes to pass out of the Senate.

Becker said enough insurance providers cover abortions and she said the issue is a difficult one for colleagues and her constituents.

"I have people in my district that won't want to buy insurance because they don't want to pay for abortions so we can't take their choices away," said Becker.

Kocsis did not have insurance when she had her abortion seven years ago in New York.

She was abandoned by her boyfriend and had to pick up extra shifts to pay for the procedure.

"I cannot imagine if I had been in that place in my life," said Kocsis, "And I had been paying for insurance and found out it would only cover me if I carried my pregnancy to term. That's not fair."

The bill passed the House and has the support of the state's insurance commissioner.

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