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The ACLU of Washington believes that everyone should have access to lawful best care medical treatment. Yet in Washington state religious health systems, and even public hospital districts, are denying Washington residents access to important health care services. The ACLU of Washington is enforcing our state laws and fighting back against the use of religion to discriminate in order to ensure Washington residents have access to reproductive, end-of-life and LGBT related health care services, referrals and information.


Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Lin Skavdahl’s daughter Alison experienced a life-threatening delay in care while miscarrying at a Bellingham hospital in 2013.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2021
The Washington state Senate passed the Protecting Pregnant Patients Act, SSB 5140, a bill that would prevent hospitals from interfering with a qualified health care practitioner's ability to provide care to a patient experiencing pregnancy complications whose health or life is at risk.

A Right to Care

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Thursday, January 14, 2021
How hospital policies in Washington state delay and deny critical treatment for pregnant patients.