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12/12/2019

Abortion has been legal in Alaska for more than 50 years, since before the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. But that doesn’t mean much if pregnant people can’t get the care that’s their legal right

Laws designed to curb access to providers have made that hard, but Alaska also suffers from a shortage of physicians, particularly those specializing in women’s health. As a result, many Alaskans rely on nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, and other advanced practice clinici...

12/3/2019

Every week, we hear about new attacks on abortion and pregnant people's right to access safe healthcare and self-determination over their bodies. Last week, we scored a victory in that fight with our lawsuit in Idaho.

A federal court rejected a motion to dismiss our challenge to an Idaho state law that invalidates a person's advance directive if they are pregnant, paving the way for Legal Voice and co-counsel to proceed with the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the statute....

10/9/2019

Dear Mayor Durkan and Members of the Seattle City Council,

We are leading organizations in Washington State working to end sexual assault, domestic violence, and other forms of gender-based violence. We are deeply disturbed by the news, reported last week, that the Seattle Police Department has apparently abandoned existing policy on prostitution enforcement and resumed the practice of routinely arresting women in the sex trade in North Seattle.

As organizations with many decades of experience sup...

9/23/2019

Seattle hotel workers have finally achieved victory in their fight to gain new rights despite hotel corporations repeated efforts to block workers.

Legal Voice senior attorney Andrew Kashyap provided technical assistance to UNITE HERE! Local 8 throughout this effort, including providing strategy on rulemaking after I-124 originally passed, drafting an amicus brief to the Washington State Supreme Court to support hotel workers arguments, and finally by offering legal support to workers in their le...

7/25/2019

We're thrilled to report that yesterday, the U.S. District Court in Idaho agreed that our case challenging the state's law that bans nurse practitioners and other advanced practice clinicians from performing abortions has merit and can proceed.

A quick recap: Across the country and in Idaho in particular, a significant percentage of patients now rely on nurse practitioners and physician assistants (collectively known as "advanced practice clinicians" or "APCs"), to meet their primary and reproduc...

7/16/2019

We all deserve workplaces that are safe, equitable, and free from discrimination. Legal Voice and our allies have long worked to make that a reality. But one group of workers has often been left behind in these efforts: domestic workers.

That's because people who work in private homes as nannies, home care workers, house cleaners, gardeners, and other jobs have historically been—and continue to be—excluded from basic worker protections such as overtime, workers compensation, and coverage by dis...

6/12/2019

Amy didn't give up.

After suffering severe physical and psychological abuse from her child's father, Amy did the things we encourage domestic violence victims to do: she fled her abuser, got a protection order, obtained full custody of her child, and moved away to seek safety.

But she had difficulty finding safe housing, her son began experiencing serious health problems as a result of the abuse, and her post-traumatic stress disorder became almost unmanageable. She didn't give up.

She reached out...

6/6/2019

It's no secret: reproductive rights are under attack. From clinic restrictions masquerading as "protections" for pregnant people, to all-out abortion bans, dangerous new laws are cropping up in states across the country.

At the same time, other states are staunchly defending the discriminatory restrictions they already have on the books. That's happening right now in Idaho.

Idaho has a law that requires abortions to be performed exclusively by physicians. But people across the country, includi...

4/16/2019

Have you been following the progress being made for sexual assault survivors in Olympia? The Washington Legislature has passed bills that extend the statute of limitations for prosecuting sex crimes, redefine third-degree rape to be more aligned with affirmative consent standards, and take important steps to eliminating the rape kit backlog.

But another bill that will improve the law for survivors is still awaiting its final vote—and it must get this vote by 5:00 tomorrow evening. Do you have two...

2/21/2019

This morning, the Washington Supreme Court stood up for a second chance for Christal Fields, who was wrongfully denied the opportunity to work in her chosen field because of a 30-year-old conviction.

Christal was successfully working in childcare when the Department of Early Learning conducted a background check, found a decades-old conviction for attempted robbery, and swiftly disqualified her from her work. She went from thriving in a profession she loved to being banned from it for life — all...

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