The end of Roe v. Wade?, COVID news, County parks’ expansions, new Sheriff, Council vote on a new Sammamish City Councilmember, charter amendment to change County elections to even-number years, congrats to our Sounders…

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May 6, 2022

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I find the leaked draft Supreme Court opinion that revealed the Court’s intention to overturn Roe v. Wade to be appalling and that it should serve as a serious reminder that civil rights, equity, privacy and justice are not guaranteed. Some of you reading this may oppose legal abortions, but I believe there’s a lot more to consider.

I am a mother and a grandmother. And as a mother, I know that the decision to have a child, or not have a child, is deeply personal and complex. In a country where many residents do not have access to health care, child care, paid parental leave, or an affordable place to live, the thought of forcing someone to carry a pregnancy to term, without consideration to their medical history or situation, the context of conception, their privacy, their financial status, or their wishes, is nothing short of abhorrent.

Safe, accessible, and affordable abortions are a basic part of health care. The right of women to decide for themselves is crucial to their fundamental rights of privacy and bodily integrity. Although the Supreme Court has been chipping away at abortion rights at least since the Casey decision in 1992, to date it has retained the basic structure of Roe v. Wade for nearly 50 years as law. However, the intention of the Court’s majority is now painfully clear.

For now, we are protected here in Washington State due to voter approval of Initiative 120 in 1991, but we cannot take anything for granted. Safe abortion rights should be available throughout the country, not limited to a few states. Congress has the authority to establish the right to abortion as a fundamental human right in this country, even if the Court overturns Roe.

I’m including more below on the expected impacts from overturning Roe, including the potential for an enormous increase in the number of women traveling to Washington state for abortions from neighboring states. In fact, this has already started happening, with women coming from as far away as Texas.

Also included below is the latest news on COVID-19, our newly appointed Sheriff, Council updates and much more.

Lastly, I want to send my heartfelt congratulation to the Sounders on their winning of the CCL championship! This is an enormous accomplishment, and firmly establishes the Seattle club in the big leagues of the soccer world. Imagine, the Sounders may be the first team from the U.S. to play in the World Cup taking place next year. You may be interested in this article from The Seattle Times: Analysis: How big of a deal is CCL title for Seattle and MLS? And what’s next for Sounders?

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at  

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.