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Legal Issues

Roe v. Wade is the Supreme Court decision that guarantees a woman’s right to abortion.

Elective abortion is legal in Washington State through the 2nd trimester. The law that protects this right in Washington State is Initiative 120.

Parental Consent:
Parental consent is not required for women under 18. Women who are pregnant and also under 18 are considered emancipated minors by the state. You are free to make any decisions regarding your pregnancy. No one can force you to have an abortion, to carry the pregnancy to term, or make you choose adoption. Your medical records are also confidential and are protected. No one will know about your procedure unless you want them to.

Spousal Consent/Partner Consent:
Your spouse or partner does not need to be notified in order for you to have an abortion. He does not hold any legal claim over you or your pregnancy.

Confidentiality Statement:
Protecting our patients’ confidentiality is a priority for us. We will not release any information to anyone without written consent. This includes telephone inquiries. When filling out forms or interacting with our staff, if you have special needs or confidentiality concerns, it is important to be as explicit as possible about contact numbers and addresses, so we can continue to protect your confidentiality. We regret any inconvenience, but our strict confidentiality policy is solely for your protection.

Emergency Contact:
We will contact the emergency contact only if we must reach you and we have no other way to contact you. If your address and primary phone number are current, we should not need to contact the emergency number. When contacting this number, we will be as discreet as possible and will not release information about your status as a patient.

Insurance billing and confidentiality:
Your insurance company may send a statement to the billing address on your insurance policy. If you are not the primary subscriber on your insurance plan, the primary subscriber may find out about your abortion.

Informed Consent and Patient Rights:
• You have the right to know who your physician is, and all of the possible risks
and complications.
• If you are a non-English-speaking person, you have a right to have
the consent form translated for you or read to you by an interpreter.
• No one can restrict your access to abortion. If anyone (health care provider,
social worker, counselor) is restricting your access to services or resources, they can be reported. Individual providers may choose not to give information about abortion due to their religious beliefs, or may be unable to give information due to policies connected to their place of practice. They must, however, tell you that and can not actively restrict or prevent you from obtaining the services you seek or need.