Gov. Inslee signing bill to make abortion care more accessible on Thursday

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee will soon sign a bill into law that preserves pregnant women’s rights to access abortion care.

House Bill 1851, or the Affirm Washington Abortion Access Act, confirms that nurse practitioners and physician assistants can provide abortion care in Washington. Inslee will sign the bill in a virtual bill signing event Thursday at 9 a.m. on Zoom.

This comes after Idaho and Missouri state legislatures recently passed bills that restrict access to abortion care. They are based off a new Texas law that prohibits abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

The Affirm Washington Abortion Access Act also protects abortion patients from prosecution under laws such as those in Texas. Washington has long been a pro-choice state and continues to promote safe access to a range of reproductive health care services for all.

Inslee will be joined by the bill’s sponsor Rep. My-Linh Thai and several representatives from different abortion clinics. If you want to join the live signing event, you can watch it online here.

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