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(The Center Square) – Governor Jay Inslee issued an order Tuesday requiring the Washington State Department of Health to certify that the state’s hospitals are required by law to offer emergency abortion services.

The clarification is necessary, the governor said, because the state’s access to health care laws do not specifically mention “abortion care.”

The upcoming rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court are another reason to act, Inslee said at a press conference on Tuesday morning.

“The court could rule again any day that the federal emergency health care guidelines do not protect a woman’s right to emergency abortion services,” Inslee said. “We are making clear that the protections in Washington law do indeed protect women in Washington state.”

Inslee’s order comes nearly two years after the nation’s highest court overturned Roe v. Wade. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide Moyle v. United States and Idaho v. United States, other abortion rights cases, this month.

The Moyle case concerns whether an Idaho abortion law conflicts with the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act.

Since the 2022 Dobbs decision, which put abortion back in the hands of the states, Inslee and the Democrats have tried to portray Washington as a safe haven for abortion services, as recently reported from Center Square.

“The number of women coming to services from outside Washington State has increased by 50%,” Inslee emphasized.

He continued, “We have made abortion services more affordable and accessible in Washington state. In the event that the same court continues to try to take away that right, we have stockpiled mifepristone to ensure that we are able to provide pharmaceutical services if necessary.”

Inslee was the first governor to stock the abortion drug mifepristone before the decision of a lower federal court in Texas, which is now before the Supreme Court.

Dr. Sarah Prager, professor of medicine at the University of Washington with a focus on obstetrics and gynecology, also took part in the press conference.

Prager said that since the Dobbs decision, she has treated several patients with pregnancy complications who have traveled to Washington from other states.

“In all of these cases, their doctors were unsure or unable to terminate the nonviable pregnancies,” she said. “Abortion is always safer than continuing a pregnancy, and this is especially true when there are acute concerns about the life or health of a pregnant person.”

Inslee said Republicans in Washington wanted to take away women’s right to abortion.

“The personal stance on this issue is quite clear for both candidates for governor,” the governor noted.

Both Republican gubernatorial candidates commented on Inslee’s comments.

Semi Bird’s campaign responded by email: “I keep hearing Bob Ferguson and Jay Inslee trying to scare voters by telling the false story that if a Republican is elected governor of Washington State, their reproductive rights will be taken away. To be clear, the governor has no right or authority to strip anyone of their constitutional or legal rights.”

Dave Reichert’s campaign released a Advertising Last week, he vowed he would not change abortion laws if elected as the next governor of Washington.

The candidate sent The Center Square an email saying, “As I said in the ad I released last week, I will not change abortion laws in the state if I am governor.”

According to Inslee, some hospitals in Washington claimed they were not required to perform abortions because of their religious affiliation.

“This makes it clear that emergency measures must be provided for women’s right to choose,” Inslee said.

The Washington Hospital Association published a Press release Following these comments, it was said that there was no evidence that Washington hospitals did not provide adequate emergency care.

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