As other states enact abortion bans, Washington leaders prepare to enact new protections
Gov. Jay Inslee and several state legislators met in Bellingham on Friday to begin rolling out the initial policies of a choice-defending agenda for the 2023 legislative session.
Inslee affirmed his intent to amend the state constitution to explicitly enshrine the right to abortion and the right to accept or refuse contraception.
Rep. Sharon Shewmake previewed a sanctuary policy that will provide patients and providers with legal protections from criminal or civil action against them for lawful reproductive health care.
Sen. Manka Dhingra and Rep. Vandana Slatter announced a health data bill that will close an egregious legal loophole that allows non-health care organizations to collect, share or sell private health information.
“We have storm clouds on the horizon. There are those that would like to threaten a woman’s right of choice,” said Inslee. “This right must be enshrined in the basic foundational document in the state: our constitution. This private right and most intimate decision must be protected.”
“Every single year, new bills are introduced to ban or restrict basic freedoms,” said Rep. Sharon Shewmake. “Politicians in Olympia or D.C. have no right making this decision for women.”