Last month we told you about Governor Jay Inslee and the WA Democrats’ plans to propose an amendment to the state constitution to add abortion, or as they call it, “reproductive freedom.” Today senators Keiser and Kuderer have pre-filed Senate Joint Resolution 8202 which would make abortion a constitutional right in the state of Washington.
“The state shall not deny or interfere with an individual’s reproductive freedom decisions, which includes the individual’s fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and the individual’s fundamental right to choose to use contraception”
Conservative Ladies of Washington will, of course, oppose this amendment and we will be asking every republican legislator to vote against it as well. A constitutional amendment would require a 2/3 vote – the democrats would need some republicans to vote in favor of this. We hope that our republican minority will hold the line.
Last session, the legislature passed HB-1851, also called the “Affirm WA Abortion Access Act”, which updated the existing law with gender neutral language (because it’s 2022 and even men can have babies) and allowed for other providers to perform abortion without liability. Essentially, a woman can get an abortion in Washington state at any time during the pregnancy for any reason. There are no legal limitations.
We will continue to update you on this issue as we move through the 2023 legislative session which begins January 9, 2023.
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