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Sounders Fans Speak Out Against Jersey Sponsor Providence: ‘What Happened to Our Shared Values?’

by Megan Burbank


When the Sounders announced their partnership with new jersey sponsor Providence Medical Group earlier this month, the team touted it as a win-win for youth mental health. “Today’s announcement is less about the mark that our players will wear across their chests on gameday and more about the deep community investment that Providence and Sounders FC are coming together to fulfill,” said Sounders FC majority owner Adrian Hanauer in a media release posted to the team’s website on Friday, Jan. 20. “Mental health — especially for young people —– is a critical part of a healthy society, and we’re looking forward to employing the resources and reach of our two organizations to focus on these outcomes.”

Many fans don’t see the partnership as a positive. In a swift response, Emerald City Supporters shared an open letter to Sounders management the next day, expressing concern that Providence’s history of denying reproductive and gender-affirming health care made the organization an unfit partner for a team with a professed dedication to equity.

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City Council, Legislative Dems Are Trying to Regulate Right-Wing Crisis Pregnancy Centers. Will It Work This Time?

by Megan Burbank


In September, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to impose new regulations on crisis pregnancy centers, nonprofit organizations that resemble abortion clinics — and often set up adjacent to licensed health care providers — with the goal of dissuading pregnant people from choosing to have abortions, often through deceptive practices and misinformation about abortion.

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OPINION | UW’s Investigation Into DIY Sexual Assault Kits Shows How Companies Benefit From Real Inequities

by Megan Burbank


At the end of October, Attorney General Bob Ferguson sent a cease-and-desist letter to Leda Health, a company marketing DIY test kits to survivors of sexual assault. The cease-and-desist was prompted by a complaint filed by the Associated Students of the University of Washington after the student newspaper, The Daily, found that the test kits, which Leda Health had promoted through a partnership with a UW sorority, weren’t admissible in court.

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OPINION | ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Takes On the Northwest’s Abortion Politics

by Megan Burbank


Grey’s Anatomy is one of those TV shows set in a version of Seattle that often feels like it has nothing to do with the real city. There are the obligatory aerial shots of the Sound and the Space Needle in the pilot episode, sure, but it can be hard to suspend disbelief when you know Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital — with its glass walls perpetually rain-streaked, and an endless parade of increasingly baroque tragedies unfolding within them — is really in California. Aside from the Queen Anne exterior location for Meredith Grey’s house, this is a show that mostly takes place in a hospital. It could be set anywhere.

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OPINION | Of Course Roe Played a Role in the Midterms: Most Americans Support Abortion Access

by Megan Burbank


As the “red wave” telegraphed by pundits failed to materialize in this year’s midterm elections, I heard one refrain again and again: Abortion mattered after all.

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OPINION | WA GOP Mailers Are Spreading Misinformation About Abortion

‘Partial Birth Abortion’ Is a Right-Wing Invention

by Megan Burbank


With abortion rights top of mind for Washington voters as we count down to the Nov. 8 general election, some Republican party candidates are using campaign literature to reinforce longstanding myths about abortion. Earlier in October, the State Republican Party distributed mailers claiming Democratic candidates support “partial birth abortion,” abortion “until the due date,” and “no safeguards.”

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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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Schrier-Murray Bill Would Set New Protections for Abortion Providers

by Megan Burbank


On Monday, Aug. 29, Dr. Kim Schrier, who represents Washington’s 8th District in the House of Representatives, announced a new bill intended to protect abortion providers amid restrictions introduced nationwide since the June 24 reversal of Roe v. Wade. She made the announcement at a roundtable discussion on abortion rights held at Tacoma’s People’s Community Center, cohosted by Schrier, U.S. Reps. Derek Kilmer and Marilyn Strickland, and Planned Parenthood.

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OPINION | Open Letter to the Women Protesting Abortions on Renton Avenue

by Jennifer Lee

Content Warning: This op-ed discusses infant death and suicide.


I spent yesterday in the ICU room of a baby who would never go home. I took professional photos of her as the chaplain stood in the corner and the staff talked to the family about organ donation. This family, who had dreamed of having another baby, calmly stayed with her as she prepared to leave this earth. Next, doctors will talk the family through what the end will be like. I don’t need to hear it. I have been here before.

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