Seattle Times editorial columnist Thanh Tan has written an important op-ed about the vulnerable state of women’s health care in Washington State. Across the state, too few people understand that women are being denied appropriate care, even while actively miscarrying.
As Tan writes:
“The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington has documented situations where women suffering miscarriages or nonviable pregnancies were denied abortions or the care was delayed.
“I get why Catholic-run hospitals are opposed to terminating pregnancies. However, when publicly owned hospitals run by Catholic organizations or a community’s only hospital refuse to provide or refer for a legal procedure, that crosses a line.”
Tan also calls on public hospital districts to comply with Washington’s Reproductive Privacy Act.