City ordinances to respond to Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade

The Seattle City Council has introduced a trio of bills to address the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The first bill mandates that the Seattle Police Department and City Attorney’s Office shall not cooperate with another jurisdiction’s law enforcement agency investigating or prosecuting abortion-related conduct provided by a licensed health care provider operating within the scope of their practice. It also mandates that if in the future the State of Washington prohibits any abortion-related practices, investigating such acts in Seattle will be among the lowest priority for SPD and the City Attorney.

The second bill prohibits discrimination against a person based upon pregnancy-related outcomes.

The third bill adopts RCW 9A.50, Washington’s Reproductive Privacy Act, into the Seattle Municipal Code, so as to allow the City Attorney’s Office to also enforce it.

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