Access to abortion is fundamental to a woman’s right to choose when, whether, and how to start or expand a family. Reproductive freedom depends on this fundamental right.
Access to abortion is under assault at the federal and state level across the country. In Washington, the Trump Administration is attempting to roll back women’s right to choose by proposing drastic cuts to Medicaid and Title X, the only federal grant program dedicated to providing comprehensive family planning services. At the same time, state-level challenges to abortion access pose an existential threat to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in all 50 states.
In Washington State, voters proactively passed an initiative in 1991 that protects a woman’s right to choose, and the state legislature remains narrowly pro-choice. Nonetheless, our state is not exempt from the wave of anti-choice radicalism that swept across the nation in the wake of the 2016 election. In recent years, anti-choice legislators have been emboldened to propose extremist bills to restrict access to abortion, which means we can’t be complacent. When the right to abortion is endangered, the fundamental equality of women is threatened. A woman can never be equal if she is denied the basic right to make decisions for herself and her family.
NARAL Pro-Choice Washington will continue to fight to keep abortion safe and legal for all women, regardless of ZIP code or income. We will mobilize together to defeat attacks in the state legislature, educate and mobilize Washington’s pro-choice majority to elect pro-choice leaders, and pass laws and polices that protect and expand all women’s access to reproductive health care elect candidates who will be champions for reproductive freedom.