Young people have the right to the information and skills they need to protect their health. They also need to understand what a healthy relationship looks like and have the opportunity to practice good communication skills and affirmative consent before they become sexually active. Washington should build on the 2007 Healthy Youth Act to make sure all youth in public schools get the information and skills they need to protect their health and build their future, including education on consent and sexual assault prevention, by mandating sex education in all public schools.
Protect Patients Who Depend on Publicly Funded Family Planning through Title X
Federal Title X funding helps ensure that every person has access to basic, preventive reproductive health care, regardless of where they live, how much money they make, their background, or whether they have health insurance. Now that Trump Administration’s dangerous “gag rule” has forced the Washington State Department of Health out of the federal Title X program, patients across the state are at risk of losing access to basic, preventive reproductive health care. Washington should commit to providing $8.4 million in funding to continue these critical services and make sure nobody loses access to care.
Protecting Patient Care Act
No matter where a patient lives or seeks health care, they should be able to trust that they can get the information and care they need, especially when facing life-threatening pregnancy complications. Unfortunately, with an increasing number of religiously-affiliated hospitals and health systems in our state, an increasing number of patients across the state are being denied information, resources, and medically necessary care. The legislature should pass the Protecting Patient Care Act to ensure that no health care provider is prohibited from providing their patients with complete, accurate information and life-saving services.
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