It took a special session and a mass veto by Governor Jay Inslee to budge lawmakers out of their latest budget impasse, but the 2016 legislative session finally wrapped up last week.
Meanwhile, right-wing lawmakers did their best to push bills aimed at constraining abortion rights and restricting access to abortion services for low-income women, including extreme new proposals that mirrored anti-choice laws in states like Arizona, North Carolina, and Texas.
During our visits to Olympia this year, we lobbied key legislators, targeted lawmakers who stood in the way of women’s reproductive and economic equality, held several events (culminating in a huge rally on the Capitol Steps featuring US Sen. Patty Murray), and testified at countless hearings about the importance of preserving and expanding women’s right to choose.
Choice includes the full range of reproductive health options, including healthy pregnancy. To that end, we fought hard for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a commonsense bill that would have required employers to provide reasonable accommodations, such as more-frequent restroom breaks, time off for prenatal care appointments, or temporary reassignment to lighter duty, for pregnant workers.