Washington state police will not comply with requests for abortion-related information from out-of-state agencies, governor says

The ruling comes after the U.S. Supreme Court decided last week to overturn Roe v Wade, the 1973 legal precedent that guaranteed the federal constitutional right to abortion. The landmark decision essentially leaves abortion laws in the hands of states.
As a result of the ruling, Washington — among other mostly Democratic-leaning states — moved to implement regulations that further protect or expand abortion laws and policies.

“Washington is and will remain a sanctuary for anyone seeking abortion care and services in our state, but we must act to protect our rights and values,” reads the directive released by Inslee.

“To this end, it is essential that our law enforcement agencies do not cooperate in any way with any out-of-state investigation, prosecution or other legal action based on the law of another state that is inconsistent with Washington’s protections of the right to choose abortion and provide abortion-related care.

Under the directive, the Washington State Patrol will establish processes with the Attorney General’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office to review any requests for cooperation. All requests must be documented and reported in accordance with the directive.

Washington has also partnered with California and Oregon to protect those seeking abortion services and implement policies to close existing gaps in those protections, the governor’s directive says.

“This directive is a step that concretizes this commitment,” the document reads.

A day after the landmark High Court ruling, Inslee pledged a $1 million down payment to begin subsidizing statewide reproductive healthcare networks ahead of the expected influx of patients.

Inslee also called for legislation that would codify the right to abortion into state law as an amendment to the state constitution.

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