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Washington state abortion rights groups are praising the U.S. Supreme Court's latest abortion ruling.

Anti-abortion groups are calling for an investigation into Planned Parenthood, and now, state and federal lawmakers are getting involved.

  An Idaho woman who faced criminal charges for having an abortion won a victory at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Friday. The federal court found several Idaho restrictions on abortion to be unconstitutional.

Idaho lawmakers are moving ahead with a bill that would set legal requirements for doctors who prescribe abortion-inducing medication.

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The ACLU of Washington is launching an effort to ensure that hospitals are following the state’s abortion rights laws.

Thursday the ACLU filed a lawsuit seeking to have Skagit Regional Health comply with Washington’s Reproductive Privacy Act, or RPA.

The ACLU’s Doug Hoening says the public hospital has a policy of not providing abortion services, in violation of state law.

Hoening says The ACLU also has sent letters to three other public hospital districts in Mason County, Jefferson County, and Whidbey Island that have the same policy:

Idaho Lawmakers Revise Abortion Bill At Doctors’ Request

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Idaho lawmakers took the advice of doctors Tuesday on changes to a bill that would regulate abortion-inducing medication. Physicians said certain requirements in the original bill would be impossible to fulfill in some cases.

Idaho lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday that would establish requirements for doctors who prescribe abortion drugs like RU-486.

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Abortion services providers say the Supreme Court’s ruling on 35-foot “buffer zones” around Massachusetts clinics won’t have much effect in the Northwest. Neither Washington, Oregon nor Idaho has the kind of law that the high court deemed unconstitutional. Clinics here rely on other measures aimed at protesters.

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Abortion-rights supporters say they have enough votes to pass a controversial insurance mandate measure in the Washington state Senate. But it appears unlikely to clear a Republican-led health care committee before a Wednesday deadline.

Things got testy Monday at a public hearing on the measure. Democrat Karen Keiser urged Republican Chair Randi Becker to allow a committee vote on the bill.

“It’s the right thing to do and I would really ask you to consider my request,” Keiser said. To which Becker responded, “Thank you. We’ll consider it.”

Judge: Idaho’s ‘Fetal Pain Law’ Unconstitutional

Mar 7, 2013

A federal judge has declared Idaho’s so-called “Fetal Pain Law” unconstitutional. Idaho is one of eight states with a law banning abortions after 20 weeks. As Jessica Robinson reports, the case stems from a woman’s arrest under a separate statute for having an abortion.  

Judge B. Lynn Winmill says the 20-week limit on abortions is unconstitutional because it doesn’t seek to inform the pregnant woman, nor improve her health, as the Supreme Court has allowed. Rather, he writes, it’s solely intended to put an insurmountable obstacle in the path of women seeking abortions. 

OLYMPIA, Wash. − A bill to require insurance companies to offer plans that cover maternity services and abortions passed the Washington House Friday. It is unclear, however, whether the legislation will make it through the Senate’s Republican-majority caucus. Majority Leader Rodney Tom has said he doesn’t want to vote on divisive social issues.

In the House debate, Rep. Laurie Jinkins said this bill would provide options for abortion coverage after the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented.

Parental Notification Debated In Olympia

Feb 6, 2013

The debate over abortion once again filled a hearing room in Olympia Wednesday. Washington senators heard testimony for and against a bill that would require 48-hour notice to a parent or guardian before a girl under 18 receives an abortion.

Debate Over Abortion Coverage Bill Fills Every Seat

Jan 31, 2013
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The prospect of a tense debate over abortion rights filled every seat of a hearing room in Olympia Thursday. Activists on both sides were there to debate a bill to require insurance companies that cover maternity services to also pay for abortions.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Public hearings are scheduled in Olympia for two bills that come from opposite ends of the abortion debate. Thursday, lawmakers will take public comment on a bill known as the Reproductive Parity Act. It would require insurance companies that cover maternity services to also pay for legal abortions.

Democrat Rodney Tom says abortion-related measures should not distract the Senate Majority Coalition he leads from its goals of balancing the budget, creating jobs and funding education.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Thousands of anti-abortion protestors gathered at the state capital in Olympia Tuesday. They marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Many carried red roses and handmade signs.

The rally comes as a committee in the Washington Senate says it will consider a parental notification bill. Republican Sen. Mike Padden introduced the measure to require 48-hour notice to a parent or guardian before a girl under 18 receives an abortion.

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An Idaho woman challenging her state’s anti-abortion laws has not received much attention from groups on either side of the abortion debate. But for the first time, one group is holding a rally to support her. It’s in Seattle Wednesday.