Lawmakers vow to push abortion insurance bill

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Democratic lawmakers say they will try to pass a bill during special session that requires insurers who cover maternity care to also pay for abortions.

The measure passed out of the House during the legislative session that ended March 8 but failed in the Senate after a dramatic attempt to bring it to the floor during a Republican budget coup failed by three votes.

Supporters say the bill would ensure that existing abortion coverage will be preserved once federal health insurance rules come into effect in 2014 under national health care reform. Opponents counter that the measure may lead to more abortions and would prove expensive.

Gov. Chris Gregoire said at news conference last week that she does not expect the bill to pass Legislature during the special session.