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U.S. Supreme Court rejects Texas challenge to restrict access to abortion pill


OLYMPIA—On Thursday, June 13, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected the state of Texas’ challenge to change mifepristone’s legal status which would have restricted access to the abortion pill for millions of women. This is the court’s first major abortion-related ruling since overturning Roe v. Wade in 2022.  “This case was never about science,” Representative […]

AZ Supreme Court rules 160-year-old law criminalizing abortion still stands

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ARIZONA—The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, April 9, in a 4-2 vote, that a state law written in 1862, nearly completely prohibiting abortion statewide, is still enforceable. The 162-year-old state law makes abortion a felony, punishable from anywhere between two to five years in prison, for anyone who performs one, or helps a woman obtain […]

Inslee and Ferguson respond to Supreme Court abortion pill decision

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2023—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court granted an emergency request by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on behalf of the FDA and other defendants, to halt a lower-court’s ruling that suspended the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the abortion pill, mifepristone. “The April 7, 2023, order of the United States District […]

Nationwide halt of abortion pill Mifepristone except in Washington and 16 other states


AMARILLO, TX, April 9, 2023—U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk of the Northern District of Texas, halted the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the abortion pill Mifepristone on Friday, April 7. The ruling comes just three days after Governor Jay Inslee announced the purchase of a three-year supply of the abortion-inducing pill that was […]

Bill eliminating of cost-sharing for abortion services proposed

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OLYMPIA, Wash., January 26, 2023—Insurance policies that cover abortion would be required to cover the entire cost of the procedure under provisions of a bill now eliminating cost-sharing being debated in the state Legislature. “This bill is about removing barriers to access to abortion services, regardless of the ability to pay,” said Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, […]

New polls show Smiley now ties Murray leading into second Senate debate

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SEATTLE, Wash., October 30, 2022—According to a post-debate Trafalgar Group poll, Republican candidate Tiffany Smiley is in a statistical tie to unseat 30-year Democratic incumbent Patty Murray, which if successful, will add to the projected GOP-controlled Senate majority. The polling firm surveyed 1,207 likely General Election voters between October 25th to 28th just days after the first […]

Tiffany Smiley outraises Patty Murray by $2.3M in latest FEC filing

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WASHINGTON, D.C., October 15, 2022—Washington State U.S. Senate candidate Republican Tiffany Smiley outraised five-term incumbent Democrat Patty Murray, nearly two-to-one, in third quarter contributions according to the latest Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings. The Smiley campaign is currently sitting on a war chest of $2.4 million to Murray’s $3.8 million, improving her funding gap by […]

Republican candidate Tiffany Smiley up 17 points in latest polling

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SEATTLE, Wash., September 3, 2022—According to a Trafalgar Group poll, Republican candidate Tiffany Smiley has made a tremendous polling gain to be within striking distance of her Democratic challenger Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). Republican polling firm, Trafalgar Group, released results from a survey of 1,087 likely General Election voters it conducted from between August 30th […]

Abortion becomes a state-by-state issue after Roe v Wade overturned


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Supreme Court overturned the 50-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade decision, 6-3, that established a right of personal privacy protected by the Due Process Clause which include the right of a woman to determine whether or not to bear a child. Access to an abortion would now become a state issue, with […]

What it would mean to Washingtonians if SCOTUS overturns Roe vs. Wade?

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 11, 2022 –Political journalism outlet Politico released a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion on May 2, that would reassess its ruling in Roe v. Wade while considering its pending Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization case. A day later, the Supreme Court released a statement affirming the authenticity of the draft opinion […]

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