Condoms are now free in Washington State to those with insurance

Condoms are now free for Washingtonians with health insurance

Over-the-counter contraceptives, such as condoms, are now free to Washington State residents with health insurance.

The Reproductive Parity Act

Following six years of Republican obstruction, the Reproductive Parity Act was finally passed last year. Starting on 1 January 2019, Washingtonians with state-regulated health insurance (including Medicaid) can pick up over-the-counter contraceptives at their in-network pharmacies for no cost.

According to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner of Washington State, these contraceptives include ‘condoms, spermicides, emergency contraceptives, and sponges.’

Additionally, this new policy also covers sterilizations and vasectomies, as well as free abortions to those whose health plans cover maternity services.

What people are saying

Various Washington-based politicians, advocacy groups, and organizations praised this new law.

People benefitting from the new law also expressed their excitement and gratitude on social media.

The Washington branch of NARAL Pro-Choice took to Twitter to show how Washington’s Reproductive Parity Act is influencing the legislation of other states, such as Connecticut.

Author: Rafaella Gunz

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Republican suggests supporters of same-sex marriage and abortion should be killed

A Washington state politician has suggested in a manifesto that those who support abortion and same-sex marriage should be killed.

The shocking suggestion was included in a document by a member of the Washington House of Representatives, Matt Shea.

The Republican politician, in fact, admitted that he wrote and distributed a four-page document called the Biblical Basis for War. The document also includes 14 sections on how biblical war would unfold.

The manifesto

The manifesto states that all men must oppose abortion, same-sex marriage, communism, and occultism when the biblical war begins.

‘If they do not yield — kill all males,’ the document reads.

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich brought the manifesto to the attention of the FBI.

Despite refusing to comment at first, Shea then turned to Facebook live to explain his reasons.

‘First of all, it was a summary of a series of sermons on biblical war in the Old Testament as part of a larger discussion on the history of warfare,’ Shea said in the video.

‘This document, in and of itself, was not a secret. I’ve actually talked about portions of this document publicly.’

Shea opposed marriage equality

Shea represents Spokane in the state’s House and is up for re-election in the midterms next week. He has a track record of opposing same-sex marriage.

In February 2012, he wrote a statement to comment on the law that would legalize same-sex marriages in Washington.

He reiterated that ‘marriage between one man and one woman is a long-standing institution in our state, as well as across the nation’.

He furthermore added: ‘Washington state has already provided homosexual couples all the rights, benefits and privileges of married couples. Yet only one-quarter of one percent of the state’s population have registered as domestic partners.’

Washington state legally recognized same-sex marriage in December 2012.

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