Women's Reproductive Health Advocates Cite Inslee's Leadership on Protecting Reproductive Rights from Attacks
Seattle – Today, in the week leading up to the primary, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, and the Washington State National Organization for Women affirmed their support for Governor Jay Inslee, citing his record on expanding access to women's health care and fighting back against attempts to restrict women's rights.
"In the face of relentless attacks on women's constitutional rights to exercise the health care decisions that are right for them, Jay Inslee has never wavered in his support for women's reproductive and sexual rights," said Elaine Rose, CEO of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii. "We need a strong champion in the governor's office. We need Jay Inslee."
"In an election year when the stakes have never been higher for women, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington is proud to support a governor who we know will stand with women, fight for reproductive freedom, and work not just to protect but expand the right to choose in Washington State," said Rachel Berkson, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington's Executive Director. "Washington is a pro-choice state with pro-choice values, and Governor Jay Inslee reflects those values."
"Women in Washington need an advocate in the Governor's office who cares passionately about the issues they care about -- such as raising the minimum wage, paid sick and family leave, health care for all, work and employment parity, reproductive justice, and above all, good public schools," said Linda Malanchuk-Finnan, Washington State National Organization for Women. "Jay Inslee has been that Governor, and we need him back in the Governor's office four more years to continue pushing for these key issues."
"This is a very simple, but important issue for me: women should have the right to make their own reproductive health care decisions, not anyone else," said Governor Jay Inslee. "Every year, Republicans here in Washington state have attacked that basic right, attempting to defund Planned Parenthood and take away reproductive health decisions for low-income women. We cannot and will not turn back the clock on women's health. Thank you Planned Parenthood Votes, NARAL, and NOW for your support. As long as I am governor, I will fight back back against those obsessed with restricting women's health care."
Bill Bryant, Governor Inslee's challenger has urged for Republican control of the Washington state House and Senate, campaigning across the state for Republican candidates. These caucuses have fought to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict women's health care throughout Jay's term as governor.
Inslee: “I Am Wholeheartedly Committed To The Continued Fight To Protect Washington Women’s Right To Choose, Expand Access To Reproductive Care & Family Planning Services & Defeat Ideologically Driven Attempts To Block That Access.” In a June 2016 statement from his office, Inslee said, “I am wholeheartedly committed to the continued fight to protect Washington women’s right to choose, expand access to reproductive care and family planning services and defeat ideologically driven attempts to block that access.” [Office of Gov. Jay Inslee, 6/27/16]
Inslee: “Washington Women Need The Freedom & Privacy To Make The Health Care Decisions That Are Best For Themselves & Their Families.” In January 2013, The Seattle Times reported, at his inaugural address, Inslee said, “Washington women need the freedom and privacy to make the health care decisions that are best for themselves and their families. That’s why I look forward to the Legislature sending the Reproductive Parity Act to my desk, which I will sign. Let’s get this done.” [The Seattle Times,1/16/13]
Inslee Supported & Implemented The Affordable Care Act Which For The First Time Prohibited Sex Discrimination In Health Care. In October 2013, Inslee issued an executive order on implementing the Affordable Care Act. According to the National Women’s Law Center, “Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibits discrimination in health care programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. This is the first time that federal law has broadly prohibited sex discrimination in health care.” [Gov. Jay Inslee Executive Order 13-05, 10/1/13; National Women’s Law Center, 5/13/16]
Inslee “Sharply Rebuffed” Demands That The State Investigate & Defund Planned Parenthood. In July 2015, seattlepi.com reported, “Gov. Jay Inslee has sharply rebuffed a campaign demanding that the state investigate and defund Planned Parenthood, describing it as the work of ‘national extremist organizations’ trying to eliminate a vital source of health care for women, particularly poor women… ‘National extremist organizations are engaged in a concerted effort to discredit, and ultimately eliminate, an organization that so many women rely on. Here in Washington state, where we have long fought to protect women’s access to family planning services, Planned Parenthood is on the front lines of women’s health care. I stand with them in their efforts to ensure every woman needing access to safe and legal reproductive health care can get it,’” Inslee said. [seattlepi.com, 7/29/15]
Inslee Called For The Passage Of Reproductive Parity Act. In February 2013, regarding the passage of the Reproductive Parity Act in the House, Inslee said, “Today's vote in the House is a big step forward in guaranteeing women's access to a full range of reproductive health care services. As I begin signing bills next week, I expect the Senate to follow the House's lead so the RPA can be among those I have the honor of signing into law. The Senate should not shut the door of democracy when it comes to women's health care.” [Office of Gov. Jay Inslee, 2/22/13]