Our Local Partners in Washington
In 2012, Legal Voice worked to pass a city council resolution in Seattle opposing the Hyde Amendment and other restrictions on abortion coverage, linking local work to state advocacy efforts to pass the Washington state Reproductive Parity Act to ensure insurance coverage for abortion.
Surge Northwest (King County, WA) continued their 2015 storybanking campaign to lift up the voices of people most effects by a lack of access to healthcare, namely those who are subject to the Hyde Amendment or the 5-year bar on immigrants access to federally funded health care. In collaboration with King County Commissioners, Surge researched and drafted a resolution advocating for health care access to all immigrants including abortion, contraception and gender affirming health care. Surge continues to work with the Commission towards passage of the resolution.
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.