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Washington to Block Anti-Abortion States From Accessing ID Data

  • Governor Inslee says women seeking procedure to be protected
  • State troopers won’t help enforce outside anti-abortion laws
Jay Inslee
Jay InsleePhotographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Washington Governor Jay Inslee pledged to block hardline anti-abortion jurisdictions such as Texas from learning who travels to the state for the procedure, the latest escalation in the US divide over reproductive rights.

Inslee, the longest-serving active US governor, said he will work to “plug any gaps” in privacy laws so women can obtain abortions without fear of their information being shared. The three-term Democrat singled out Texas, Missouri and neighboring Idaho as states hostile to abortion in remarks Saturday on the steps of the capital building in Olympia.