Washington state police will not comply with out-of-state agency requests for abortion-related information, governor says

The choice follows last week's decision by the US Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, a 1973 legal precedent that protected people's federal constitutional right to an abortion.

The landmark decision ultimately gives state governments control over abortion regulations.

Following the decision, Washington and other states with a strong Democratic lean moved to enact regulations that either strengthened or broadened abortion-related laws and policies.

Anyone seeking abortion treatment and services in Washington is and will continue to be given asylum there.

But we must take action to defend our rights and our principles," Inslee's order stated.

The Office of General Counsel and the Office of Attorney General will work with the Washington State Patrol to establish procedures for reviewing any requests for assistance.

Additionally, Washington has collaborated with California and Oregon to safeguard people seeking abortion services and to put regulations into place that address any gaps in those rights that may currently exist.

Inslee has advocated for a constitutional amendment that would enshrine the right to an abortion into state law.