Today, Legal Voice and 14 allied national and statewide organizations joined together to submit a letter to Governor Jay Inslee, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and Secretary of Health John Wiesman, denouncing requests for harassing and unwarranted investigations into Planned Parenthood's operations and funding. The letter comes in response to a smear campaign by anti-abortion extremists—in which a series of highly edited videos are being used to vilify trusted health care pro
Today, a decade after Washington’s pharmacy rulemaking process began, a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that Washington pharmacies must dispense all legal medications to patients on site, without discrimination or delay. The Court’s unanimous decision in Stormans Inc. v. Wiesman—in which an Olympia-based pharmacy and two of its pharmacists challenged the pharmacy rules, asserting that filling prescriptions for emergency contraception violated their religi
Nonconsensual pornography, sometimes referred to as “revenge porn,” is a rapidly growing problem that occurs when a private, sexually explicit image of a person is disclosed without her consent. Today, Washington State took an important step forward in protecting victims of nonconsensual pornography when Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 1272 and HB 2160 into law. These bills, passed unanimously by both the House and Senate during the second special session, create new civil reme
On June 25, the Washington State Supreme Court heard oral argument in In re Custody of M.W., a case that concerns the application of the de facto parent doctrine. Legal Voice filed an amicus curiae brief in the Court to offer our views on the proper application of the doctrine. The de facto parent doctrine was first recognized by the Washington Supreme Court in In re Parentage of L.B., a Legal Voice case decided in 2005. The doctrine allows a person who has functioned in ever
The Washington Court of Appeals today issued a decision in In re Termination of M.J. and M.J., a case in which a lower court permanently severed a mother’s relationship with her children due to her incarceration. Legal Voice filed an amicus brief supporting the mother’s challenge to the lower court’s ruling. A key issue in the case concerned trial court’s failure to consider requirements of the Children of Incarcerated Parents Act. Legal Voice led successful advocacy efforts
Legal Voice joined with other organizations serving sexual assault survivors to file an amicus brief urging the Washington Supreme Court to reject imposing additional requirements of proof in rape cases. This issue was presented to the Court in the case of State v. W.R., which was argued today. The defendant was convicted of second-degree rape by forcible compulsion. One question raised in the case is whether the State must not only prove forcible compulsion by the defendant,
On February 19, 2014, the Washington Court of Appeals for Division II heard arguments in State and A.W. v. Finch, a case in which a court ordered a sexual assault survivor to take a polygraph examination. Legal Voice filed an amicus brief in the case to argue that courts should never order sexual assault survivors to undergo polygraph exams. We argued that forcing sexual assault survivors to take polygraph exams treats survivors like suspects and discourages crime reporting.
In Washington State, the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) prohibits employers from discriminating against someone based on age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, veteran status, or disability—but the statute exempts religious nonprofit employers from its requirements not to discriminate. On February 6, 2014, the Washington Supreme Court decided a case that challenged this exemption as unconstitutional, holding that a hos