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The ACLU of Washington believes that everyone should have access to lawful best care medical treatment. Yet in Washington state religious health systems, and even public hospital districts, are denying Washington residents access to important health care services. The ACLU of Washington is enforcing our state laws and fighting back against the use of religion to discriminate in order to ensure Washington residents have access to reproductive, end-of-life and LGBT related health care services, referrals and information.
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Resources

Published: 
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Civil liberties highlights from the 2018 Washington State Legislative Session
Published: 
Friday, March 23, 2018
A rule proposed by Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services would let health care providers use their religious beliefs to justify turning away patients in need.
News Release, Published: 
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
The ACLU of Washington today filed a lawsuit against Swedish Health Services and Providence Health & Services for refusing to provide a medically necessary surgery for a transgender man.
Published: 
Friday, October 27, 2017
I’m still devastated by the fact that simply because I’m transgender I was refused coverage for the medical care that my doctor prescribed for me. With the help of the ACLU, we’re bringing a lawsuit against PeaceHealth because no one should be refused care because of who they are.
News Release, Published: 
Thursday, October 5, 2017
The ACLU of Washington today filed a civil rights lawsuit against PeaceHealth, a Catholic healthcare organization, on behalf of Cheryl Enstad and her teenage son, Pax, for denying coverage under its health benefits plan for medically necessary surgery to Pax simply because of who he is. The suit says that PeaceHealth’s policy of refusing to cover medical care required by transgender people is discrimination and violates federal and state law.
News Release, Published: 
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Skagit Regional Health agrees to comply with Washington’s Reproductive Privacy Act

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