Governor Jay Inslee has stepped into the debate over hospital mergers and partnerships. On Tuesday, the governor ordered the State Department of Health to update the rules that govern hospitals when they plan to expand or form affiliations.
Last October, the National Reproductive Society removed the experimental label from egg freezing. Along with advances to the technology, egg freezing is now available to more women than ever before. Some tout it as the biggest revolution for women’s choice since the birth control pill. Others say the high price tag is prohibitive for most women and could put off real systemic changes needed for women’s rights.
David Hyde talks with Dr. Angela Thyer, founding partner of Seattle Reproductive Medicine, Sarah Elizabeth Richards author of “Motherhood Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It,” and Jacoba Urist, a journalist for Forbes, NBCNews and The Atlantic.
Roe v. Wade became the law of the land 40 years ago, but the battle over abortion rights continues today. The past two years saw new restrictions on access to abortion in many states. A recent Pew poll found steady public support for the Roe v. Wade decision, but there's also some confusion — more than half of those under 30 did not know what issue the case dealt with. Sarah Weddington argued Roe v. Wade before the US Supreme Court in 1971 and 1972. She joins us with an assessment of the present and future of women's reproductive rights.
The new state legislative session is well underway, and a few state senators are planning to reintroduce what’s known as the Reproductive Parity Act. The bill would require insurers who cover maternity care to also cover abortions.
Last year’s version of the bill died in the Senate due to Republican opposition. This year it's getting another chance, and it already has the support of Governor Jay Inslee, who mentioned it specifically in his inaugural address.