Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee took more action Thursday to make sure unborn babies still may be killed in abortions in his state after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week.
In a new order, the Democrat governor promised to make Washington a “sanctuary” for abortions, CNN reports.
“Washington is and will remain a sanctuary for any person seeking abortion care and services in our state, but we must act to protect our rights and our values,” Inslee’s order states.
Among other things, the order bans state law enforcement from working with authorities in pro-life states to prosecute abortionists for killing unborn babies in violation of their laws, according to the report. It also orders the Washington State Patrol, Office of General Counsel and state attorney general to work together to examine and document pro-life state authorities’ requests for help enforcing their laws, the report states.
“… it is critical that our law enforcement agencies not cooperate in any manner with any out-of-state investigation, prosecution, or other legal action based on another state’s law that is inconsistent with Washington’s protections of the right to choose abortion and provide abortion-related care,” Inslee said in the order.
Inslee and pro-abortion lawmakers have been working to expand abortions for months in expectation of the Supreme Court ruling.
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In March, the governor signed legislation allowing nurse practitioners and physicians assistants to abort unborn babies. The new law also replaces the words “mother” and “woman” with “pregnant individual” in state statutes and bans the state from “taking any action against an individual seeking to end their pregnancy or for assisting someone who is pregnant in obtaining an abortion,” the AP reports.
Washington state has very few limits on abortion. It forces taxpayers to pay for elective abortions and allows underage girls to get abortions without their parents’ knowledge or consent. Unborn babies may be aborted for any reason up to viability and up to nine months for any loosely-defined “health” reason.
In 2020, 16,050 unborn babies were aborted, according to state health department statistics.
CNN reports Inslee wants to do even more to expand abortions now that Roe is gone, including spending $1 million to help abortion facilities and pro-abortion groups expand in the state and passing a a state constitutional amendment that creates a “right” to abortion.
Since Roe in 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe,” legal abortions. The infamous ruling forces states to legalize abortions for any reason up to viability and allows abortions for any reason up to birth.
Now, states are starting to protect unborn babies from abortion again.
In the historic Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health ruling last week, the Supreme Court justices overturned Roe and allowed states to protect unborn babies from abortion again. Thirteen already have done so, and more state are expected to enact pro-life laws in the coming weeks.
Ultimately, as many as 26 states may ban abortions and protect babies from certain death for the first time in nearly 50 years.
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