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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....

8/29/2018

There has been a recent development in our case against the State of Idaho. We're challenging an Idaho law stating that a person's advance directive—also known as a living will—is void for the duration of their pregnancy and that the state can make decisions about the care that person receives. We are fighting to reclaim Idahoans' rights to make their own decisions about their health care and their bodies, regardless of their gender or ability to become pregnant.

But that fight just got...

5/31/2018

Newsflash: people do not lose their civil rights when they become pregnant.

Yet this is exactly what's at stake when states pass discriminatory laws that harm pregnant people's health, dignity, and autonomy. One such state is right here in our region: Idaho.

Today, Legal Voice joined with Compassion & Choices to challenge an Idaho law that denies pregnant people the right to make their own health care decisions

First, the good: Idaho law does recognize that all adults have the right to make decis...

7/21/2017

Great news! This afternoon, the King County Board of Health passed an ordinance requiring certain crisis pregnancy centers to indicate to the public that they are not health care facilities.

Despite what crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) want you to believe, most, if not all, are not actually medical clinics. They are nonprofit organizations, usually religiously affiliated, that are dedicated to opposing abortion and birth control. They use strategic advertising to target people—especially young pe...

5/17/2017

No one should be punished for a pregnancy outcome.

Yet, all around the nation, women have been arrested, jailed, and prosecuted - including Melissa McMillen, a Washington State woman who gave birth at home alone in her bathroom and was convicted of murder when the baby did not survive.

Melissa was made out to be a murderer for suffering a pregnancy loss. She is currently serving a prison sentence of more than 10 years for not seeking medical attention for a baby that she believed was stillborn. At...

5/1/2017

You can see it happening: abortion being increasingly stigmatized, made unaffordable, and pushed out of reach. Many women are left without adequate options. And what's worse, they're being wrongfully prosecuted for using one of the few options they have left: self-administering a medication abortion.

At least 17 people have been arrested or prosecuted for allegedly inducing their own abortions, and there are countless others who have faced prison time for their birth outcomes, even when the pregn...

4/19/2017

At Legal Voice we believe that a choice isn't a choice if you cannot act upon it or if your decision is coerced.

That's why in the 1990s, Legal Voice led the fight to pass the Reproductive Privacy Act (RPA) by a direct vote of the people. The RPA not only guarantees a pregnant person's fundamental right to abortion, but also helps ensure access to that right by requiring state health centers that offer maternity care services to provide "substantially equivalent" abortion care services.

Unfortunat...

4/12/2017

The Washington State Legislature unanimously passed the Healthy Starts Act!

This groundbreaking law will protect pregnant workers' economic security and move Washington closer to ending maternal health disparities. After more than two years of advocacy, we are beyond thrilled that this issue received the bipartisan support it deserved.

While it has long been unlawful to discriminate against workers because of pregnancy, unfortunately workers still lose their jobs because their employers refuse to...

8/11/2016

Limited service pregnancy centers—also known as "crisis pregnancy centers"—are not medical clinics, but non-profit organizations, usually religiously affiliated, that are dedicated to opposing abortion. They use strategic advertising to appeal to people seeking free assistance when facing an unintended pregnancy, and establish themselves with social service agencies as an appropriate referral for pregnant people seeking a full range of options.

What they don't advertise is that they are not...

12/15/2015

 

Today, Legal Voice joined bill sponsors Rep. Jessyn Farrell, Sen. Karen Keiser, and allied organizations to introduce the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which would guarantee that no woman has to choose between a healthy pregnancy and a paycheck. Too often, pregnant women are still forced to take unpaid leave or are fired because of a pregnancy, when slight modifications would enable them to safely continue working. The bills (HB 2307 & SB 6149) would requir...

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