Washington State has now reportedly enacted five measures on Thursday to improve safeguards for gender transition operations as well as access to abortions.
Democratic governor of Washington Jay Inslee claimed on his blog that gender change and abortion were forms of freedom.
One of the legislation, SB 5768, sponsored by Democratic Senate President Pro Tempore Karen Keiser, allowed the Washington Department of Corrections to distribute 30,000 doses of the abortion pill mifepristone over a three-year period.
The governor had bought 30,000 doses of the medication last month.
Three days before the Northern District of Texas District Court ordered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remove the drug’s authorization, Inslee was able to get the abortion medication.
Keiser praised the effectiveness and safety of mifepristone when the Senate passed the legislation earlier this month.
On the other hand, worries about the drug’s safety persist. In a letter to the FDA earlier this year, 22 attorneys general asked it to overturn its decision to let retail pharmacists to distribute abortion drugs.
The worries about the safety of the abortion medication precede the enhanced attention brought on by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last summer.
In 2021, after the FDA repealed a Trump-era rule requiring women to get mifepristone in person from a medical professional, more than 100 U.S. senators and congressmen petitioned the agency to enforce safety safeguards for its distribution.
Republicans from Texas Congressman August Pfluger and Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said that mifepristone reporting rules are lax and that the drug has caused at least dozens of fatalities and hundreds of life-threatening problems.