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Reproductive Rights

Lobbying for Affordable and Safe Abortion Care for All Women

This week ACLU was part of a five-person Washington state delegation from pro-choice organizations that lobbied to get rid of bans that deny abortion coverage. Read More »

ACLU calls on San Juan to comply with Washington’s Reproductive Privacy Act

The ACLU of Washington is calling on San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1  to comply with Washington’s Reproductive Privacy (RPA) Act and enable women to obtain vital reproductive healthcare services.  The ACLU has written to the District asking it to change its policies and practices to fulfill its obligations under state law. Read More »

Coffey v. Public Hospital District No. 1

The ACLU filed a lawsuit in Skagit County Superior Court on behalf of a Mount Vernon woman seeking to have Skagit Regional Health comply with Washington’s Reproductive Privacy Act. Skagit Regional Health is a public hospital district that owns a hospital and clinics. Read More »
Hobby Lobby store front

The Hobby Lobby Decision: Imposing Religious Beliefs on Employees

Religious freedom is a fundamental right in our society. But while everyone has the right to his or her religious beliefs, those beliefs cannot be imposed on others. Read More »
Irene Demaris and Mary Stanton-Nurse on the capitol rotunda steps

Why I Chose to Lobby for Reproductive Rights

On Monday, I did something that I have never done before. Instead of just signing an online petition, I left my laptop at home and participated in the Reproductive Health and Rights Lobby Day in Olympia. I was joined by my dear friend Mary and a few hundred pro-choice activists from across the state of Washington.  It was announced that all but  four legislative districts were represented. Read More »

Reproductive Parity Act – HB 2148

Position: support
Status: Passed the House 54-44, but did not pass the Senate.
Denying insurance coverage for abortion interferes with a woman's freedom to make decisions about pregnancy that are right for herself and her family.  The Reproductive Parity Act (RPA) will hold insurance companies accountable to women by requiring that insurance plans in Washington cover abortion if they cover maternity care. Read More »

ACLU-WA Responds to Attorney General Opinion Finding Public Hospitals Must Comply with Reproductive Privacy Act

Aug 22, 2013
We welcome and commend today’s Attorney General Opinion 2013-No. 3, which reaffirms that hospitals supported by taxpayer dollars have important obligations under Washington law to maintain access to services for Washington’s residents. Read More »