Inslee issues directive prohibiting state law enforcement from cooperating with abortion-related investigations

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Governor Jay Inslee has issued a directive prohibiting state law enforcement from cooperating with abortion-related investigations. 

The order directs the Washington State Patrol to decline cooperation with most subpoenas, search warrants or court orders from states with laws that ban or significantly restrict abortion access. The agency must review and process these requests in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General and the governor’s General Counsel. 

“Washington is and will remain a sanctuary for any person seeking abortion care and services in our state, but we must act to protect our rights and our values,” Inslee wrote in his directive. “To that end, it is critical that our law enforcement agencies not cooperate in any manner with any out-of-state investigation, prosecution, or other legal action based on another state’s law that is inconsistent with Washington’s protection of the right to choose abortion and provide abortion-related care.”

Inslee does not have jurisdiction over local law enforcement, but state law prohibits anyone, including all state and local law enforcement, from penalizing, prosecuting or taking any adverse action against patients exercising their reproductive rights. 

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