Next Tuesday, legislators will take comments and input on a bill that would force every private insurance policy in Washington state to cover abortions.

House Bill 1647, introduced by Democratic Representative Eileen Cody of West Seattle, would require all insurance companies that do business in our state to include abortion coverage as part of their package. Anyone who purchases a health care plan would then have to essentially pay for such coverage -- even if they don't want it.

The bill is primarily aimed at employers, but also covers individuals and families, regardless of whether they favor it or not.

Supporters say it's discriminatory to not support such a plan, but there are numerous policies already available that cover abortion. Opponents say it's discrimination to force people to pay for other people's abortions.

The Family Policy Institute of Washington put it this way, from writer Joseph Backholm who wrote an op-ed piece for their website:

I have the right to transportation and rifles, but I do not have the right to force someone else to buy me a car or rifle if I find myself short of cash."

Backholm reminds voters and readers that legislation that passes isn't always the best solution for the people, but usually victory goes to those who have the most political support. Bills often pass because of pressure from special interest groups, such as the abortion lobby, and other small organizations that don't represent widespread public opinion, but have nothing better to do than pressure legislators.

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 10 in the afternoon. Citizens can call the Washington State Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 and share their views.

Again, on this and any issue, the legislative hotline is 1-800-562-6000.