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NARAL Pro-Choice Washington frequently generates and comments on news and events relating to reproductive rights and health. Read our latest statements and commentary on the issues that matter to Washington women and families.

 
Latest Press Releases
March 3, 2014
With no official Senate hearing scheduled for the RPA, Senate Democratic leaders have taken the lead in working to educate their colleagues on Washington’s shifting health care landscape.
February 5, 2014
Pressure Mounts for Senators Rodney Tom and Steve Litzow in the State Senate
January 13, 2014
Passage of the Bill Requiring Insurance Coverage of Comprehensive Reproductive Healthcare Increasingly Urgent in Washington State’s Evolving Healthcare Landscape
 
Latest Choice in the News
April 9, 2014
Megan Burbank, a spokesperson at NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, told RH Reality Check that NARAL and other coalition members are currently reviewing the policies. She said the coalition has compiled a checklist of information about what services are offered that should be included in hospital policy disclosures. “Right now what we’re doing is using our checklist in comparison to the policies that have been released to see what measures up,” she said. “If our checklist had been used initially as an organizing principle to make sure that the policies addressed each point, we wouldn’t have this confusion.”
RH Reality Check | Teddy Wilson
March 28, 2014
Rachel Berkson, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, previously told RH Reality Check that the push for disclosure requirements are motivated by concerns about the ethical religious directives of religiously affiliated hospitals. “These directives are set by Catholic Bishops,” said Berkson. “These policies prevent access to contraception, reproductive health care, end-of-life care, and there are issues surrounding the treatment of LGBT families.”
RH Reality Check | Teddy Wilson
March 18, 2014
" 'Transparency is great, but our concern has to do with access. It’s a step in the right direction, but we don’t think it addresses the multifaceted nature of the problem,' said Megan Burbank, communications director of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington."
The Puget Sound Business Journal | Atia Musazay
February 10, 2014
"And, more good news. Lawmakers in Washington have advanced the Reproductive Parity Act. If signed into law, it would make the state the first in the nation to mandate that insurers who cover maternity care also cover abortion. If only we could get Congress to repeal the Hyde Amendment and pass those kinds of protections nationwide, reproductive health-care parity could be a reality for all Americans."
RH Reality Check | Jessica Mason Pieklo
February 9, 2014
" 'For everything the Affordable Care Act has to offer — covering young people up until the age of 26, covering contraception without a co-pay, and creating affordable coverage options — it does not guarantee women full access to all reproductive services, specifically abortion care,' said Kreidler. 'The Reproductive Parity Act is a common sense bill that ensures that a woman, not her boss, her insurance plan or her legislator, can make her own medical decisions.' "
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
 
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