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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...

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...

12/14/2018

This is shocking: 95% of Idaho counties do not have an abortion provider.

A major reason is that a decades-old Idaho law requires abortions to be performed exclusively by physicians. So while many Idahoans rely on advanced practice clinicians (APCs) – such as nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants – to meet their reproductive health care needs, they are banned from providing abortion care.

So we’re demanding change.

Today, we partnered with Planned Parenthood of the...

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...

3/21/2018

Big news! The Reproductive Parity Act (SB 6219) has officially been signed into law!

Today, legislative champions and community advocates gathered in Olympia as Gov. Jay Inslee signed this powerful bill into law.

The Reproductive Parity Act (RPA) requires health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptive methods free of cost-sharing requirements and over-the-counter contraceptives without a prescription. The bill goes even further, requiring health plans that cover maternity care serv...

10/23/2017

You likely heard that the Trump Administration recently launched an attack on birth control under the guise of religious liberty. But you may have missed another, less publicized threat to reproductive health care.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a draft of its Strategic Plan for the next five years. Through this Plan, the Department aims to reframe its mission by defining life as "beginning at conception" and explicitly prioritizing the religious and moral beliefs of s...

10/11/2017

Last week, the Trump Administration made it easier for your employer to make reproductive decisions for you. The Administration expanded the exemption to the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate so that an even broader range of employers can stop offering contraceptive coverage in their health insurance plans if they have religious - or the more general "moral" - objections to birth control.

This latest attack on our health care rights is devastating and totally unscientific. It also viola...

8/17/2017

Legal Voice represents a group of health care providers, researchers, clinic staff, and others who are involved in fetal tissue research programs with the University of Washington’s Birth Defects Research Lab. They fear for their safety if their personally identifying information is disclosed in public records requested by anti-choice extremists. As one of our clients explained, "I fear that having my identity and personal information released to the public would lead to harassment, threats, or...

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...

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