Abortion is a fundamental right. A person’s zip-code, race, immigration status, or income must not determine whether they can access essential healthcare.
Abortion access is under assault across the country. The newly conservative Supreme Court has already begun to roll back abortion access, placing unnecessary and dangerous restrictions on patients’ access to abortion pills. This ruling shows that the Court is eager to chip away at Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in all 50 states. The time to mobilize and protect reproductive freedom is now.
Washington State is not exempt from the wave of anti-choice radicalism that has swept across the nation. In recent years, anti-choice legislators have proposed extremist bills to restrict access to abortion. We cannot be complacent. When the right to abortion is endangered, the fundamental equality of all Americans is threatened. People with the ability to get pregnant can never be equal if they are denied the basic right to bodily autonomy.
Roe v. Wade was supposed to be the beginning of the fight for abortion access, not the end. Whilst it is essential to keep abortion legal and lock it into federal and state law, preserving Roe does not mean everyone who needs an abortion can access the procedure. A right is not a right if it is inaccessible to those who need to exercise it. The Hyde Amendment blocks Medicaid or any federal funding paying for abortion care. Structural racism and systemic inequities mean people of color disproportionately receive Medicaid. Washington is one of the few states that provides Medicaid coverage for abortion, but the funding does to cover the cost of the procedure. An unplanned pregnancy can be emotionally and financially devastating and abortion must not be available only to those who can afford it.
NARAL Pro-Choice Washington will fight to keep abortion safe and legal for all, regardless of ZIP code or income. We will mobilize together to defeat anti-choice attacks in the state legislature, educate and mobilize Washington’s pro-choice majority to elect leaders who will champion reproductive freedom, and pass laws and policies that protect and expand access to reproductive health care.