Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Planned Parenthood, NARAL Address McKenna's Lies About Repro Parity Act

Posted by on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Apparently (shockingly!), Rob McKenna finally has something to say about the Reproductive Parity Act! Unfortunately, women's rights groups NARAL and Planned Parenthood, both of which helped craft the legislation, say he has his facts wrong.


Here's their joint statement, issued today:

Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and NARAL Pro-Choice Washington are disappointed that Rob McKenna is misleading voters by making false statements about the Reproductive Parity Act. This legislation requires all health insurance policies sold in the state that cover maternity care to provide comparable coverage for abortion care.

McKenna falsely claimed today that the Reproductive Parity Act will “put federal funding of women’s health care at risk” by addressing the Weldon Amendment. However, if he read the current legislation he would see that the Weldon Amendment was raised during the legislative session and is fully addressed in the bill as it stands. Under the Weldon Amendment, states may not "discriminate" against providers who do not offer abortion services.

The Reproductive Parity Act has been drafted specifically to protect insurance carriers in the state of Washington against discrimination and will keep our state compliant with the federal requirements of the Weldon Amendment. Every carrier currently selling in Washington covers abortion, and they have no objection to the RPA. Washington has an existing conscience clause for new providers wishing to be admitted into the state that do not want to include abortion in any of their health plans.

In fact, pro-choice leaders Jay Inslee, then a Congressman in the 1st, and Congressmen Jim McDermott (D-7) and Adam Smith (D-9) already sent this letter that you can download here to President Obama addressing the Weldon Amendment and supporting access to women’s health care coverage and the Reproductive Parity Act (HB 2330).

So: Either McKenna is commenting on legislation he hasn't read, as the ladies politely suggest, making him a terrible AG (and gubernatorial candidate), or he's read the legislation, understand its effects, and chooses to misrepresent it. Seattle PI's resident fingerwagger Joel Connelly got all up my ass today for calling Rob McKenna obscenities; I think McKenna's freshly-minted statements on the RPA pretty much reinforce his fuckwadery.

NARAL and Planned Parenthood have more to say, after the jump.

“This is a red herring,” said Elaine Taylor Rose, CEO of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest. “McKenna is attempting to dodge the issue by directing the media’s attention to a false claim, just as he dodged the question from a young voter who asked where he stands on the Reproductive Parity Act yesterday.”

The Reproductive Parity Act passed out of the House on February 13 and but got caught up in Senate budget negotiations and stalled there.

“The Reproductive Parity Act is critical because all women need and deserve access to health insurance coverage for basic reproductive health care, including abortion services,” said Jennifer N. Brown, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington Executive Director. “Without the RPA, women in Washington risk losing access to the insurance coverage for abortion care they have today.”

A coalition in support of the Reproductive Parity Act, including Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington and Legal Voice, continues to educate their members and the public about this vital legislation.


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scary tyler moore 1
having joel connelly's wagging finger all up in your ass sounds gee-ross. you've just put me off my dinner!
Posted by scary tyler moore on April 25, 2012 at 8:16 PM · Report this
Fuck you, Joel.
Posted by aiff on April 25, 2012 at 8:56 PM · Report this
Alas, I have no Facebook account so I cannot comment directly on Joel's uninformed-pile-of-shit-writing that apparently passes for a factual article these days. Thus I'll have to join the "feminist writers" here at Slog and say that McKenna's bullshit abortion stance resonates with the non-feminist writers too, Joel. In fact, McKenna's uninformed response (and the "real journalist's" inability to track down the truth) makes me even more convinced that he is an idiot. Either he knew the truth and lied about it, or, as the AG for the State of Washington, he doesn't know what is in the legislation because he's no good at his job. Regardless he's an ass.
Posted by StuckInUtah on April 25, 2012 at 9:15 PM · Report this
There is one good thing though. Joel said just enough to send the curious here to see what vile thing Cienna said. Which brought a little more truth into the world. Keep calling out the fuckwads Cienna.
Posted by SeattleKim on April 25, 2012 at 9:19 PM · Report this

McKenna is active in the Catholic Church. He has explained that, if asked, he and his wife would personally counsel against a woman getting an abortion, but that the decision on whether to terminate a pregnancy is ultimately a matter of choice.

--from your own published link
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on April 25, 2012 at 9:26 PM · Report this
Sorry, Bailo but that's not how it works.

According to Pope Ratzie and the Redcaps in Rome abortion is a sin and McKenna knows that. The statement you cite is just another waffling dodge on his part. If he IS in fact an "active Catholic" as he claims, then he is compelled by Church doctrine to only take one position on the matter, and telling someone "it's ultimately a matter of choice" isn't it.

Otherwise, he's just another hypocrite saying he believes one thing, while practicing exactly the opposite...
Posted by COMTE on April 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM · Report this
I don't mind protecting insurance companies as federal rules are implemented, but I don't understand the name of the bill. What is it bringing parity to? And why is abortion coverage tied to maternity coverage?
Posted by madcap on April 25, 2012 at 10:21 PM · Report this
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on April 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM · Report this

Mmm...interesting article on 2nd Trimester abortions off that Catholics for Choice site:…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on April 25, 2012 at 10:49 PM · Report this

Catholics part company with U.S. Catholic Bishops, rejecting arguments that health care reforms including abortion coverage should be opposed.

Catholic voters reject the argument being made by some U.S. Catholic Bishops that Catholics are obligated to entirely oppose any health care reform plan that allows for the coverage of abortions. Sixty-eight percent of Catholics reject this argument, including 37% strongly. Even those who oppose Obama’s health care reform agenda (53%) or oppose creation of a government health insurance plan (46%) largely reject the
Bishops’ argument that they are obligated to oppose health care reform entirely if coverage for abortion is included.…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on April 25, 2012 at 10:51 PM · Report this
malcolmxy 11
On his face, McKenna seems like the kinder, gentler Republican of GHW Bush's wet dreams. Unfortunately for all of us, he's a two-faced prick. I knew little about him until today, but I've searched out his actions and matched them to the words he speaks in public. There's more than just a little bit of a discrepancy there (and, I'm not talking about his personal views on how he would live his own life or counsel his friends either).

I got no problem with Catholics (hell, I got dunked in the holy water and indoctrinated into that abomination of an Anti-Christ organization when I was a it wasn't for me, it's not most Catholic's fault they're Catholic. You're born into that shit.). Catholic people can be quite wonderful, witty, funny and insightful, in fact.

Then, there's Rob McKenna.

I don't know much about Jay Inslee (including if that's the proper way to spell his name) yet, but I am pretty sure he can't be a whole hell of a lot worse than McKenna.

If anyone wants examples of what I'm talking about, I got plenty. All ya got to do is ask.
Posted by malcolmxy on April 26, 2012 at 1:46 AM · Report this
Bemusedchicken 12
WHAT? A republican...that isn't pro choice? Color me shocked.
Posted by Bemusedchicken on April 26, 2012 at 3:26 AM · Report this
Kinison 13
If Sir Mix-A-Lot joined the race for gov, id vote for him in a heartbeat. The choices we have are pathetic.
Posted by Kinison on April 26, 2012 at 6:31 AM · Report this
McKenna's claiming to be for choice while opposing attempts to insure access to insurance for reproductive services for all women doesn't pass the smell test: it is blatantly dishonest.
Posted by anon1256 on April 26, 2012 at 8:51 AM · Report this
Dear @10:

Sorry, Bailo, but Catholics don't get to have it both ways - or so sez Pope Ratzie: you either follow Church doctrine, in which case you are considered a good, faithful follower of the flock, or you don't, in which case you're labeled a heretic and excommunicated.

In point of fact, according to Canon Law (Canon 1398, to be precise), any practicing Catholic who successfully undergoes a termination of pregnancy, or who aids and abets them, suffers excommunicado latae sententiae, that is "automatic excommunication" from the Church at the very moment the act is successfully carried out. So, the roughly 30% of women in the U.S. who receive abortions annually and who identify themselves as followers of the Catholic faith, and those who support them have, according to Canon Law, already taken a step towards permanently severing their relationship with the Church. Doesn't sound like something a "good Catholic" would be prone to do, now does it?

As for McKenna's so-called position, again, Pope Ratzie has already uttered the Church's official response:…

In short, Bailo: McKenna is either a "Good Catholic", in which case he is COMPELLED to oppose abortion, or else he's a heretic and standing a hair's breadth from being excommunicated himself; because saying he's opposed to abortion on the one hand, while on the other intimating the decision be left to someone's "personal choice" IS NOT following the Church's official position on the matter.
Posted by COMTE on April 26, 2012 at 9:37 AM · Report this
Oh. He's pro-choice all right. As long as you choose to have that baby and keep your place little Miss McSlutty.

He's also for "raising" your chocolate ration from 6 ounces to 3 ounces.

It's all Doublespeak horseshit.
Posted by tkc on April 26, 2012 at 10:54 AM · Report this

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