Abortion Clinics
5:57 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Abortion Seekers Still Protected At NW Clinics After Supreme Court Ruling

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho CEO Karl Eastlund stands in the parking lot of the Spokane clinic.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

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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NWPR Books
9:45 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Playwright Pearl Cleage Opens Up



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Abortion Coverage Mandate
4:59 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Even With Enough Votes To Pass, Abortion Coverage Mandate May Fail

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 4:50 pm

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.”

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Abortion Law
6:25 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Judge: Idaho’s ‘Fetal Pain Law’ Unconstitutional

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 9:56 pm

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. 

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Abortion Coverage Bill
4:26 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Fate Of Abortion Coverage Bill Uncertain In Washington Senate

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 3:37 pm

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.

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Abortion Debate
6:06 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Parental Notification Debated In Olympia

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.

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Abortion Coverage Bill
5:04 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Debate Over Abortion Coverage Bill Fills Every Seat

Activists filled a hearing room during a tense debate over abortion rights.
Credit Alexandra Kocik / Northwest News Network

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.

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Abortion Debate
5:37 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Washington Lawmakers Consider Bills From Opposite Sides Of Abortion Debate

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 5:28 pm

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.

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Anti-Abortion March
4:12 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Anti-Abortion Marchers Support Parental Notification Bill

Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 4:52 pm

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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Abortion Rally In Seattle
5:06 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Seattle Group Rallies For Idaho Woman Charged With Illegal Abortion

Jennie McCormack, a single mother in Pocatello, Idaho, was arrested for having an illegal abortion in 2011.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

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.

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