WA Sheriff Won’t Cooperate With Out-of-State Abortion Investigations | Government and politics

SEATTLE, AP — The county executive surrounding Seattle said Tuesday that its sheriff’s office and other executive departments will not cooperate with out-of-state lawsuits against abortion providers or patients.

King County Dow Constantine’s executive order, signed Tuesday, follows a similar executive order from Washington Governor Jay Inslee, The Seattle Times reported.

Inslee signed a directive last week prohibiting the Washington State Patrol from cooperating with out-of-state abortion investigations or prosecutions.

Inslee, signing his directive, said he had no jurisdiction over local law enforcement. Now, the state’s largest county has banned its law enforcement agencies from assisting other states’ abortion investigations.

Constantine’s order cites a “moral and political imperative not to assist states and other outside organizations and individuals seeking to infringe on the rights of people who seek health care in King County.”

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The order prohibits sheriff’s deputies and staff from making arrests, serving warrants and subpoenas, or assisting in the extradition of anyone who has sought or provided lawful reproductive health care in Washington. .

It also prohibits the county prison system from accepting bookings for out-of-state abortion-related prosecutions and it prohibits the county health department from providing information relating to related prosecutions or penalties. to abortion.

Abortion providers in Washington are already seeing an influx of people from other states that have banned or will soon ban abortion, following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.

In Idaho, a law expected to go into effect soon would ban most abortions. The health care providers would face felony charges that carry up to five years in prison for the violations. A regional Planned Parenthood organization is suing the state over the matter.

The Idaho ban could send more than 1,600 Idaho women each year to clinics in Washington and Oregon.

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