There is a new website to help healthcare providers, seekers, and helpers get information on pro bono legal assistance to facilitate abortion access, Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Thursday.
abortiondefensenetwork.org is a legal services website managed by the Lawyering Project.
People looking for help on the website will be connected to attorneys in a nationwide pro bono network to provide free legal guidance and resources. This includes several Washington law firms recruited by the Attorney General’s Office.
Advocacy organizations have also partnered with law firms and the Attorney General’s Office to connect people to important services. the ACLU of Washington, LegalVoiceand If/When/How provided training to Washington attorneys.
“Radical laws in other states are creating chaos for providers, out-of-state patients, and individuals assisting their friends and families to access health care,” Ferguson said. “The changing legal landscape is causing providers and others to question whether they face legal jeopardy by helping someone come to Washington for legal abortion care. This resource will help them navigate these important issues and protect their freedoms.”
Ferguson has also produced a “know your rights” flyers. The brochure outlines Washington laws to protect abortion and contraception access. It also gives options for insurance coverage for abortion care.
Along with the brochure, Ferguson created a specific form for Washingtonians to file complaints on violations of their reproductive rights. Anyone with complaints or concerns about violations of reproductive rights under state law is encouraged to fill out the form.
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