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Washington has protections in place for people seeking abortions, more could be coming

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People demonstrating in favor of abortion rights gather in front of the Temple of Justice, which houses the Washington state Supreme Court, during an evening rally, Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington already has protections in place for people seeking abortions. But more protections could be coming following the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade.

During an election year, a lot of elected leaders in Washington have been talking about what they plan to do in response to the Court's decision. This November, all members of the House members are up for re-election as are about half of state senators.

On Saturday, Governor Jay Inslee said he would push for a state constitutional amendment to protect abortion within Washington. That would require a two-thirds majority in the state House and Senate and then a vote by the people.

Other possible initiatives mentioned by elected officials include closing patient privacy gaps, mandates for insurers and further restrictions on hospital mergers. Several proposals aim to protect people from other states who come to Washington seeking an abortion.

Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins joined KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick to talk about what's being said and how it may be pursued.

Kirsten Kendrick has been hosting Morning Edition on KNKX/KPLU since 2006. She has worked in news radio for more than 30 years. Kirsten is also a sports lover. She handles most sports coverage at the station, including helping produce a two-part series on the 50th anniversary of Title IX and the ongoing series "Going Deep."
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