Washington

Surge Reproductive Justice (Surge), supported by NIRH and All* Above All, worked for the last three years to gather stories of people negatively impacted by discriminatory health care policies like the Hyde Amendment and the five-year bar on immigrants’ access to federally funded health care. In 2018, Surge is employing those stories in an advocacy campaign calling for dedicated funding from the City of Seattle in support of immigrants’ access to reproductive health care, including abortion, regardless of their citizenship status. This project is supported by NIRH in partnership with All* Above All. In 2015, Surge Northwest was collecting and sharing the stories of people most affected by lack of access to reproductive health care, including abortion care, to lay the groundwork for a resolution from the King County Board of Health in Seattle demanding repeal of the Hyde Amendment and the five-year ban on immigrants’ access to federally funded health care. In 2013, they developed a policy platform on access to reproductive health care for immigrants in the northwest and hosted a roundtable with partners from across King County to evaluate barriers to immigrant women's access to reproductive health care.