"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
"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."
"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."
"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
"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 legality or availability of abortion is under challenge from North Dakota to Arkansas this spring as conservative state legislatures throw down roadblocks. But here in this corner of the Far West, winds may blow the other way."
" 'This is a core value for Washingtonians,' said Melanie Smith, a lobbyist for NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. 'We should protect it while we still have it and not leave access to basic health care up to an insurance company.' "
"The Affordable Care Act was a huge victory for women, with its most recent advances expanding access to reproductive health care and ensuring that preventive services like contraception and breastfeeding support would no longer require a co-pay. But the state of Washington isn't satisfied yet."
"At Chocolate for Choice, $40 buys you more chocolate samples than your stomach (or pockets) can reasonably hold, plus fantastic conversation with some of the state’s smartest women (including Washington’s first lady, Trudi Inslee), and access to silent auctions and cake grabs."