The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has been accused of trying to shut down abortion clinics in the nation’s largest state by forcing doctors to turn away women seeking an abortion and coercing clinics into turning away women who were seeking an emergency contraception method.
The organization’s latest effort to limit access comes amid a debate over abortion and contraception, as a Republican president is poised to sign a $1.9 trillion spending bill.
The PPFA, founded by two former congresswomen, is a conservative advocacy group that supports abortion rights and opposes abortion on demand, as well as birth control, abortion, and related services, according to the group’s website.
PPFA opposes same-sex marriage, abortion and other social issues.
The anti-abortion group has been involved in recent years in efforts to limit women’s access to abortion care, but its latest attempt to restrict access came in mid-January, according a letter to Gov.
Jay Inslee signed by PPFA Executive Vice President Mary Ellen O’Connor.
In it, the group asks Inslee to remove restrictions on abortion access that the state imposed during a recent court ruling.
“It’s clear that PPFA has taken its position and used it as a vehicle to try to intimidate Planned Parenthood clinics and doctors into shutting down,” O’Sullivan said.
“They are using their political power and trying to do a political campaign to get rid of Planned Parenthood.”
The PPFA has been trying to impose a series of restrictions in recent weeks, including a three-hour waiting period, which would require patients to go to a clinic and pay a fee to get an abortion, a 30-day waiting period for a medical procedure, and a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, among other restrictions.
The group said in a statement to The Associated Press that the governor’s order would prevent it from enforcing the order, which it said would “create a legal vacuum” that would lead to clinics shutting down.
“We remain hopeful that Governor Inslee will see this issue as a priority and act on the merits of this issue, and we look forward to continuing to work with him to address this critical issue for our state and our country,” the statement read.
Inslee is not the first governor to take aim at PPFA.
In February, he blocked a $200 million expansion of Medicaid and said it was not enough to address the needs of low-income families.
But after the governor announced the changes, the PPFA was able to appeal the ruling.
A Republican governor and two Democratic-controlled legislative bodies voted in July to approve a bill that would allow the PPF to block Planned Parenthood’s clinics from seeking Medicaid coverage.