FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1/24/19

 

HERRO COALITION ANNOUNCES
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACCESS FOR ALL LEGISLATION

Seattle – The Health Equity and Reproductive Rights Organizations (HERRO) Coalition announces prime legislation for 2019, the Reproductive Health Access for All Act (HB 1612 / SB 5602). This bill, sponsored by Rep. Nicole Macri and Sen. Emily Randall, fills crucial gaps left in coverage for immigrants, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, and students.

 

Specifically, the Reproductive Health Access for All (RHAA) Act would create a state-funded program to cover comprehensive reproductive health care services for immigrants who currently cannot access state medical services due to federal restrictions; expand the list of required services from private insurers to include those that meet the specific needs of transgender and gender non-conforming communities; enhance anti-discrimination policy to address the discrimination and denials of services many immigrant, transgender, and gender non-conforming people face; and require student health plans to cover reproductive health services.

 

In a joint statement, HERRO says:

 

“The Reproductive Health Access for All Act is a critical step in ensuring all people in Washington—especially those who are already marginalized by gender identity, immigration status, or studentship—have access to the reproductive health care they need to thrive.

“While Washington has long supported efforts to provide health care access for all people living in the state, our immigrant, transgender, and student communities still face barriers in obtaining access to and coverage for reproductive health care. The RHAA takes important, meaningful steps to dismantle these barriers and ensure comprehensive, affordable, discrimination-free reproductive health care is within reach for all people in our state.

“This legislation comes at a time when reproductive rights, particularly those of marginalized communities, are coming under attack at the federal level. The RHAA expressly rejects these efforts to undermine access to health care, while enshrining Washington values into law for generations to come.”

 

Senate bill sponsor Sen. Emily Randall, D-Bremerton, says, “With vulnerable communities under attack, it’s important to take a bold stance to protect those who are hardest hit. This bill does just that. It allows our transgender and undocumented communities to access the essential reproductive health care they deserve.”

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House bill sponsor Rep. Nicole Macri, D-Seattle, says, “I’m honored to bring forward this legislation. Ensuring reproductive freedom for all is a core value that I hold dearly. This bill will help eliminate many of the barriers that immigrants and transgender people face to receiving critical health and family planning services. It’s been a privilege to work with the HERRO Coalition to craft this important legislation, and I sincerely thank them for their strong and compelling advocacy.”

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Signed:

Tiffany Hankins, Executive Director NARAL Pro-Choice Washington

Lisa M. Stone, Executive Director, Legal Voice

Terri Lindeke, Coordinator, Washington State Chapter National Organization for Women

Tamaso Johnson, Public Policy Director, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV)

Sara L. Ainsworth, Legal & Policy Director, The SIA Legal Team

Huma Zarif, Staff Attorney, Northwest Health Law Advocates (NoHLA)

Jackie Vaughn, Program and Outreach Director, Surge Reproductive Justice

Connie Cantrell, Executive Director, Cedar River Clinics

Jennifer M. Allen, CEO, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii

Nilofar Ganjaie, Board Director, Northwest Abortion Access Fund

Sarah Prager, MD, Washington Section Chair, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

Jessi Murray, Policy and Advocacy Committee Member, Northwest Abortion Access Fund

Tobi Hill-Meyer & Elayne Wylie, Co-Executive Directors, Gender Justice League

Michele Storms, Interim Executive Director, ACLU of Washington

 

To set up an interview with a member of the HERRO Coalition or for more information, please contact:

 

Cedar River Clinics
Mercedes Sanchez
mercedess@cedarriverclinics.org
425-278-1132

 

Legal Voice
Sarah MacDonald
smacdonald@legalvoice.org
208-249-1253

 

NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Katherine Humphreys
katherine@prochoicewashington.org
206-737-9266

 

Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawaii
Andrew Everett
andrew.everett@ppgnhi.org
(206) 702-4357

 

Surge Reproductive Justice
Jackie Vaughn
jackie@surgenw.org
509.714.5255

NOW Washington State Chapter
Terri Lindeke
Terri_Lindeke@comcast.net
206-304-9418

 

Northwest Abortion Access Fund
Nilofar Ganjaie
nilofar@nwaafund.org
425.233.9518

 

ACOG
Sarah Prager, MD
wardprager@gmail.com
(206) 931-6798

 

Gender Justice League
Tobi Hill-Meyer
tobi@genderjusticeleague.org
920-395-6838

 

ACLU of Washington
Amy Roe
aroe@aclu-wa.org
206-624-2184

Public Information Officer, Sen. Randall
Kenneth Fockele
kenneth.fockele@leg.wa.gov
(360) 786-7013

Public Information Officer, Rep. Macri
Curtis Knapp
curtis.knapp@leg.wa.gov
360-786-7202

 

The Health Equity and Reproductive Rights Organizations (HERRO) Coalition brings together advocacy organizations and reproductive health care providers in Washington state to advance equity in sexual and reproductive rights, health, and justice. Through legislation, public policy, and social change, HERRO strives to guarantee meaningful access, safety, and self-determination for all. Members include AAUW, ACLU of Washington, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Cedar River Clinics, Full Spectrum Doulas, Gender Justice League, Legal Voice, Midwives Association of Washington State, National Organization for Women (NOW)–Washington State Chapter, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Northwest Abortion Access Fund, Northwest Health Law Advocates, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawaii, SIA Legal Team, Surge Reproductive Justice, and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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