Latest Press Releases
August 28, 2013
Regional HMO Group Health Cooperative’s decision to exclude abortion care in its coverage through the State Health Benefits Exchange could have been avoided by passing the Reproductive Parity Act.
August 21, 2013
Opinion released today states that Washington State hospitals that receive public funds and do not provide abortion care alongside maternity care are in violation of Initiative 120.
May 22, 2013
Legislators Need to Pass the RPA Now or Women Will Lose the Freedom and Privacy to Make Their Own Pregnancy Decisions
April 17, 2013
Demand Sens. Tom and Litzow Stop Playing Games with Women’s Health
Latest Choice in the News
November 13, 2013
"The ladies of NARAL canvass rural Washington educating women on crisis pregnancy centers (religious anti-abortion clinics masquerading as medical clinics). And right now, they’re helping combat Catholic hospital mergers...by working on an interactive map of all Washington hospitals showing exactly what procedures they provide. Kick-ass."
The Stranger | Dominic Holden, Cienna Madrid, Anna Minard, Ansel Herz, Jen Graves and Paul Constant
November 6, 2013
"A proposed rule in Washington state would change hospital disclosure laws, which currently do not require public disclosure of policies concerning reproductive health and end-of-life care. Under the proposed rule, they would be required to publicly disclose these policies."
RH Reality Check | Teddy Wilson
October 30, 2013
"A panel of incredibly smart people are going to be discussing an incredibly complex and alarming subject: The takeover of secular hospitals by large religious healthcare groups, and how these mergers affect your access to comprehensive treatment and medical procedures."
The Stranger | Cienna Madrid
August 29, 2013
"Women’s-rights groups said the HMO’s decision was 'inconsistent with Group Health’s own record on reproductive rights,' which has been twice affirmed by leadership and consumer members of the consumer-governed cooperative, the groups said. Rachel Berkson, executive director of NARAL, said it was 'particularly galling to see one of the most progressive, pro-women health-care providers in our state placing limits on abortion coverage.'
The Seattle Times / Kaiser Health News | Carol Ostrom
August 28, 2013
Group Health Won't Include Abortion Coverage in Insurance Exchange, Says Planned Parenthood (Updated With Comments from Group Health)
"I'm glad these groups are turning the screws here, even if Group Health has a great record. I'm glad they are using this to illustrate the need for the Reproductive Parity Act. If this isn't law, insurers won't cover it. Progressive groups have been warning about this potential problem for years, and presto, now we have proof it's a real problem. In the meantime, as Burbank put it, 'we have to take their word for it that they’ll make abortion accessible to women who sign up for plans through the exchange.' There's no better way to help folks keep their word than forcing them make their promise in public."
The Stranger | Dominic Holden