Abortion Rights
4:06 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Backers Of Idaho Abortion Bill Say 'Webcam Abortions' Pose Danger To Women

Dr. Julie Madsen testifies against a bill on abortion medication at the Idaho House State Affairs Committee.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 2:49 pm

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

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Abortion Laws
4:25 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

ACLU Files Case Against Public Hospital, Over Failure to Provide Abortions

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State is suing Skagit Regional Health, alleging that the public hospital system doesn't provide abortion services in accordance with state law.
Credit AndreyPopov / Flickr

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:

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Abortion Bill
4:57 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Revise Abortion Bill At Doctors’ Request

Lordchadwick79 Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 4:35 pm

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.

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3:56 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Consider Rules For Doctors Prescribing Abortion Pill

Lordchadwick79 Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 4:44 pm

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

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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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