Roe v. Wade ruling: Washington protected abortion rights in 1991

State supporters consolidated the right to abortion more than 30 years ago with a referendum.

WASHINGTON, USA—Roe v. Wade has been contested for decades, with many supporters fearing and preparing for a fall years before this week’s decision.

In 1991, Washington state voters approved Initiative 120, which provides strong protections against abortion, including funding for low-income women who want abortions.

Proponents attempted to create state legislation to protect women’s abortion rights, whether they are residents of the state or traveling to the state to seek medical care.

The consequence of this was the state consolidation of abortion rights in Washington.

Much like the political climate today, in the early 1990s proponents feared that abortion rights would no longer be protected federally, particularly after the Supreme Court’s appointment of Clarence Thomas, a conservative justice appointed by former President George HW Bush . In response, Washington voters that same year voted to implement a state measure to protect abortion rights, regardless of a Supreme Court decision.

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The point of I-120 was the attempt to capture Roe v. Wade by stating that a person has the right to choose or refuse birth control, a woman has the right to choose or refuse abortion, and the state cannot intervene or discriminate against a person making their choice exercises This protects women under I-120 before the fetus is viable or when the woman’s life is in danger.

I-120 was approved by voters in November 1991 and went into effect in December of that year.

“Our legislature and our governors continued to campaign for the election,” said Marilyn Knight, retired Planned Parenthood spokeswoman and director of public affairs. “So, so far, so good.”

With or without Roe v. Wade has abortion rights secured in Washington state.

Following Friday’s announcement by the US Supreme Court, Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Washington, said if Republicans win a majority in Washington state, they would move to banning abortion in the state “immediately.” Roe v. Wade ruling: Washington protected abortion rights in 1991

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