Commissioner Mike Kreidler released a statement Wednesday as Senate Bill 8 took effect in Texas. The law bans most abortions after six weeks – before many women know they are pregnant.
"Texas Republicans have become America’s own version of the Taliban," Kreidler wrote. "Once again, Republicans are showing how little they care for women’s rights and health."
Kreidler also suggested he would stand in the way if Republicans try to pass a similar law in Washington state, although the prospects of that are highly unlikely.
"I will do everything in my power to make sure this Taliban-like move by Texas never finds a place in the state of Washington," he wrote.
Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler at the podium alongside Gov. Jay Inslee. (Q13 News photo)
Even Governor Jay Inslee noted that a law of that nature has no chance of passing here.
"We are fortunate that this has no impact on people seeking an abortion in Washington," Inslee wrote in a statement. "We deeply value maintaining strong access to reproductive health and abortion services. We have strengthened our laws around preserving access to reproductive services in recent years, and we will continue to protect people’s rights."
Commissioner Kreidler’s office declined an interview request Thursday, saying his statement "speaks for itself."
Another email was sent to Q13 News from Steve Valandra, the Deputy Commissioner for Public Affairs. He stated that "the commissioner has no need to elaborate on his statement."
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