Washington Lawmakers Hear Testimony on 7 Abortion Bills
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) Abortion rights proposals have been front and center in Olympia, Washington, this week as state lawmakers heard hours of public testimony Tuesday on seven proposals that would reinforce abortion access.
The emphasis on four legislative committees hearing testimony on abortion bills was intended to demonstrate majority Democrats support for abortion rights following the U.S. Supreme Courts decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, The Seattle Times reported.
The June decision upended nearly 50 years of national abortion protections and sparked action in states throughout the country.
Lawmakers in Washington have introduced bills that would protect abortion providers in Washington from facing retaliation from other states and lower costs for patients, among others.
I think its a real statement of our investment in making sure that these policy priorities not only get heard in both chambers, but early enough in session that we can get everything across the finish line, Sen. Emily Randall, D-Bremerton, said.
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