History of abortion laws and politics in the Evergreen State

As the fallout from the Supreme Court leak continues to fuel debate, demonstrations, and political maneuvering regarding the future of abortion rights, it’s worth noting that Washington voters have twice approved pro-choice ballot measures in the past – including a few years before Roe v. Wade, and again in 1991.

A review of the historical record shows that there are essentially five eras of government regulation of abortion in Washington.

The first era would be before 1909. It appears that there was no law prohibiting abortion before that year – in what’s now Washington when it was part of Oregon Territory from 1848 to 1853, in Washington Territory from

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