While many states are scrambling to defend abortion laws for a post-Roe America, Washington is taking their dedication even additional.
HB 1851 updates the state’s Reproductive Privacy Act to embody gender-impartial language and embody doctor’s assistants, superior registered nurse practitioners, and different approved abortion suppliers. Washington state voters accredited the RPA in 1991,
The state legislature handed HB 1851 final week. The invoice can even develop the fitting to have and supply abortions with protections towards Texas SB 8-fashion penalties for aiding somebody in search of an abortion in addition to any being pregnant outcomes.
This isn’t simply excellent news for Washingtonians—it’s additionally going to defend the tons of of hundreds of individuals from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and extra who regularly travel to the state for abortion care.
If Gov. Jay Inslee (D) indicators the invoice into legislation, Washington joins California, New Jersey, and extra in shoring up protections for reproductive rights as different states put together to revoke those self same rights as soon as Roe v. Wade falls.
“When HB 1851 is signed into law by Governor Inslee, it means Washington will keep doing our part in the national fight to protect access. As access to abortion is potentially removed for millions of patients, we will be here to take them in,” Courtney Normand, Washington state director of Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocate, stated, in accordance to the Stranger.
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