AP

Inslee seeks abortion rights amendment to state constitution

Jun 25, 2022, 2:59 PM | Updated: 8:53 pm
SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 16: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, answers a question at a news conference about t...
SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 16: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, answers a question at a news conference about the coronavirus outbreak Monday, March 16, 2020, in Seattle. Inslee ordered all bars, restaurants, entertainment and recreation facilities to temporarily close to fight the spread of COVID-19 in the state with by far the most deaths in the U.S. from the disease. (photo by Elaine Thompson-Pool/Getty Images)
(photo by Elaine Thompson-Pool/Getty Images)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he will push for a state constitutional amendment to protect abortion rights within his state’s borders, as well as laws that will make it difficult for other states to investigate whether their own residents have visited Washington for abortion care.

“The right to this choice, this constitutional choice for the last five decades, should not depend on which party is in control of our state Legislature,” said Inslee, a Democrat. Without a constitutional amendment, the state would be in danger of losing abortion rights if a Republican majority was ever elected in the Legislature, he said.

Inslee made the announcement during a news conference Saturday morning. He said he will ask legislators to strengthen privacy laws and enact new laws that will bar Washington law enforcement agencies from aiding other states if they are investigating alleged violations of anti-abortion laws.

The neighboring state of Idaho has enacted a near-total abortion ban that automatically takes effect 30 days after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Health care providers expect that Idaho residents seeking abortion services may travel to Washington state for the procedure.

“Next week I will be issuing an executive order to the Washington State Patrol not to cooperate in investigations of other states to who violate the Roe v. Wade decision,” Inslee said. “Access to data and privacy is very important in this fight so we are going to be very alert in privacy laws … we’re not going to allow that data to get back to Texas or Missouri or Idaho.”

Inslee said he would make Washington a “sanctuary of choice,” defending the right to reproductive health care, privacy and safety of citizens, “including those that come from other states.”

Abortion has been legal in Washington state since a 1970 statewide ballot referendum. Another ballot measure approved by voters in 1991 affirmed a woman’s right to choose physician-performed abortion prior to fetal viability and further expanded and protected access to abortion in the state if Roe v. Wade was overturned.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

AP

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 16: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks before signing The Inflation ...
Associated Press

Biden signs massive climate and health care legislation

President Joe Biden signed Democrats’ landmark climate change and health care bill into law on Tuesday, delivering what he has called the “final piece” of his pared-down domestic agenda, as he aims to boost his party’s standing with voters less than three months before the midterm elections.
16 hours ago
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 20: In this photo illustration, Janine Ramirez, Hearing Aid Spec...
MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer

Over-the-counter hearing aids expected this fall in US

Millions of Americans will be able to buy hearing aids without a prescription later this fall, under a long-awaited rule finalized Tuesday.
16 hours ago
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04:  Actor Ezra Miller attends the 'Justice League' photocall at The Col...
JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer

Ezra Miller seeks treatment for ‘mental health issues’

After a string of arrests and erratic behavior that spanned Hawaii to Vermont, “Flash” actor Ezra Miller said they have begun treatment for “complex mental health issues.”
16 hours ago
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07:  Darius Campbell performing at Breast Cancer Care's London fashion sh...
Associated Press

‘Pop Idol’ and stage star Darius Campbell Danesh dies at 41

British singer and performer Darius Campbell Danesh died at age 41. His family said Tuesday that he was found unresponsive in his apartment in Rochester, Minnesota, on Aug. 11 and pronounced dead.
16 hours ago
FILE (Getty Images)...
Associated Press

Memphis hospital locks down after nearby shooting of 6

Authorities say people have been wounded in a shooting that led to a lockdown of a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
16 hours ago
Jill Biden hand-delivered chocolate chip cookies to National Guard members who blanketed Washington...
ZEKE MILLER, AP White House Correspondent

Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19, has ‘mild’ symptoms

First lady Jill Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing “mild symptoms.”
16 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
cyber security through multi factor authentication setup...
Les Olson IT

How multi factor authentication setup helps companies stay safe

Multi factor authentication (MFA) setup is an important security measure that every company should implement for their workers. It’s also wise to install it for your personal and home accounts.
...
Lighting Design

Check out these stunning lamps with stained glass shades

Lamps with stained glass shades are statement pieces that are more than simply aesthetic. They also meet a functional requirement: to light up a room.
Address Bar of internet browser shows internet access...
AARP Utah

Utah voters 50+ support increased access to Internet

The AARP surveyed Utah voters aged 50 plus about internet access and if they support the expansion of broadband, especially in rural areas currently lacking it.
Inslee seeks abortion rights amendment to state constitution