Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

The State of Roe in Washington

July 2019 Bar Bulletin

By Betsy A. Crumb

With Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch now sitting on the high court, a president who has clearly stated his intent to appoint justices who will reverse the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade,1 a vice president who believes Roe belongs on the “ash heap of history,” and states that have introduced all-out bans on abortion, it looks like a review of the right to choose, something conservatives and pro-life advocates have been waiting years for, is imminent.

The states have been the testing grounds for both restrictions and protections on abortion rights since the 1973 decision. Washington, in ballot Initiative-120, guaranteed the right...

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