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West Coast Advocates Strategize to Support Abortion Access as Roe Fallout Continues

by Megan Burbank


As states move to ban or limit abortion in the wake of Roe v. Wade’s reversal, western states including Washington are upholding abortion access for the rest of the country. That’s the motivation behind an ambitious package of abortion access policies California’s state legislature passed in August, including expedited licensure for abortion providers, a California Reproductive Health Service Corps aimed at nurturing a diverse pool of reproductive health care workers, and expanded privacy protections for medical records. It’s just one set of policies that represents major efforts among advocates and policymakers in western states to preserve and expand protections once guaranteed under Roe. Three months after Roe was overturned, reproductive health policy advocates from California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington gathered virtually to discuss the road ahead.

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OPINION | ‘Abortion Reversal’ Doesn’t Exist. A Northwest Anti-Abortion Group Is Pushing It Anyway

by Megan Burbank


Long before Roe v. Wade was overturned, Care Net, a national network of evangelical anti-abortion pregnancy centers, employed free pregnancy tests and promises of pregnancy counseling in an effort to dissuade pregnant people from having abortions. The organization, which operates 12 locations in the Puget Sound area, is one of the nation’s largest networks of crisis pregnancy centers, defined by reproductive rights policy organization the Guttmacher Institute as “organizations that provide counseling and other prenatal services from an antiabortion (prolife) perspective.”

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OPINION: The Overturn of Roe Must Be Viewed as Call to Action. Here Is What We Can Do Right Now

by Gennette Cordova


Last week, for the first time in history, conservatives on the Supreme Court decided to strip away a constitutional protection it had granted the nation half a century ago. The despair, outrage, and panic in the air is thick, and if you’re thinking this is the worst it’s going to get, you’re wrong. 

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Local Reactions and Protests in Response to Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade

by Phil Manzano


The U.S. Supreme Court formally overturned Roe v. Wade on the morning of Friday, June 24. The South Seattle Emerald has rounded up a variety of reactions, stories, and developing protests about the decision, starting with the lead story from Politico, which published a leaked draft of the ruling in May.

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OPINION: The Ultimate Survival Guide for the Impending Overturn of Roe v. Wade

by Laura LeMoon


On May 3, a SCOTUS draft opinion was leaked to POLITICO in which the state of Mississippi is challenging the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case and bringing it before the Supreme Court. Roe v. Wade wasn’t a law guaranteeing abortion rights, but rather a huge legal precedent that established that the right to abortion was part of the U.S. Constitution’s guaranteed right to privacy. The 1973 Supreme Court decision caused a domino effect of abortion access changes across the country as a new argument for abortion choice was now institutionally recognized as valid.

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OPINION: What Now? What’s Next for Abortion in Washington and Beyond

by Megan Burbank


After Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion overruling Roe v. Wade leaked the night of May 2, the court’s credibility hit an all-time low and the outcome reproductive rights advocates long feared became prematurely real months before a decision had been expected. While the court could theoretically release a different decision when it officially rules on Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban this summer, it’s incredibly unlikely, and the draft ruling itself, rooted in anti-feminist rhetoric that quite literally comes out of the 17th century, shows the activist tendencies of the court’s conservative majority.

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Washington Leaders and Pro-Choice Advocates Protest Draft Opinion Overturning Roe v. Wade

by Elizabeth Turnbull and Sarah Goh

Content Warning: This article discusses the topic of sexual violence and assault.


Washington leaders joined a growing national protest Tuesday, May 3, after news site Politico obtained and published a Supreme Court draft opinion showing the court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark 1973 decision ensuring a woman’s right to an abortion.

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OPINION: Here’s What You Need to Know About Idaho’s 6-Week Abortion Ban

by Megan Burbank

Content Warning: This story includes discussion of sexual assault.


On Wednesday, March 23, a worst-case scenario predicted by abortion rights activists became a reality when Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed into law a policy modeled on SB 8, Texas’ extreme six-week abortion ban. As the first law modeled on SB 8 to be implemented, Idaho’s provision bans abortions after six weeks, and — in a surreal variation on the Texas law — allows providers to be sued for $20,000 by people who might have been family members of babies who might have been born if embryos had been carried to term.

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OPINION: How Do You Support Someone Who’s Having an Abortion?

The Senate and SCOTUS Won’t Tell You, but TV Might

by Megan Burbank


A few weeks ago, while working on a story about the seemingly inevitable reversal of Roe v. Wade, I heard a source say something I’ve been thinking about ever since: They’d heard from someone who didn’t self-identify as pro-choice but wanted to help offset the costs of abortion care for a person they’d never met.

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Abortion Bill Would Recognize More Providers, Shield Pregnant People From Prosecution

by Megan Burbank


If you have an abortion in Washington State, you might not see a provider with an M.D. after their name. That’s normal. In our state, with requisite training and certification, advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) and physician assistants (PAs) can become abortion providers, and a new bill introduced in this year’s legislative session would make it official. This proposed change to Washington’s Reproductive Privacy Act, which codified abortion rights statewide in 1991, is one of several changes raised in the new bill, known as the Affirm Washington Abortion Access Act (HB 1851/SB 5766).

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