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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.


News Release, Published: 
Monday, August 1, 2022
A landmark civil rights settlement between the ACLU of Washington and Whatcom County concluded this May after the county successfully started and implemented a program to provide medications necessary to treat opioid use disorder to individuals in the Whatcom County Jail.  
News Release, Published: 
Friday, June 24, 2022
The Supreme Court issued a shameful ruling today overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey — landmark decisions recognizing the constitutional right to abortion.
News Release, Published: 
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
As a state where abortion will remain legal, we must be a beacon of liberty. We have to work to expand abortion access in Washington state, fund abortion care and protect abortion patients and providers.

FAQ: Vaccine Mandates and Civil Liberties

Document, Published: 
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
This FAQ addresses some commonly asked questions about vaccine mandates such as "are vaccine mandates new?" or "are vaccine mandates a violation of my rights?".
News Release, Published: 
Monday, May 10, 2021
A bill signed today by Gov. Jay Inslee ensures that patients experiencing harmful pregnancy complications will receive the care they need.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Lin Skavdahl’s daughter Alison experienced a life-threatening delay in care while miscarrying at a Bellingham hospital in 2013.
News Release, Published: 
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
The Washington state Senate passed the Protecting Pregnant Patients Act, SSB 5140, a bill that would prevent hospitals from interfering with a qualified health care practitioner's ability to provide care to a patient experiencing pregnancy complications whose health or life is at risk.