The Washington state Senate passed a pro-abortion bill Friday that would launch the state into the abortion business by authorizing the state Department of Corrections to sell abortion drugs.

State Senate Bill 5768, sponsored by Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines, comes after Gov. Jay Inslee announced the purchase of 30,000 doses of abortion pills at a cost of $1.2 million.

Inslee, a pro-abortion Democrat governor, said he bought the three-year supply to have available in case federal courts side with a group of doctors challenging the FDA’s approval of abortion pills.

Keiser’s bill, which passed the Senate in a 28-18 vote, would allow the state corrections department to sell the drugs to abortion facilities and prison inmates, according to Just The News. The bill requires the department to sell the drugs at-cost plus a $5 fee, or about $50 per dose.

“The people of Washington have demonstrated time and again — in polls and at the ballot box — that we support the right to reproductive freedom,” Keiser said. “For 10,000 women every year in our state, that right comes down to having access to mifepristone. We cannot allow an unelected judge in Texas to ignore more than two decades of evidence and deny Washingtonians a safe, effective medication for their reproductive choice.”

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In other words, the Washington state government wants to get into the practice of aborting unborn babies, and it estimates helping to facilitate at least 10,000 each year.

During debate Friday, a number of Republican lawmakers objected to the bill for a number of reasons, including facilitating the deaths of unborn babies.

Here’s more from KING 5 News:

Republican senators … criticized Inslee’s actions on Friday.

“Are we now saying that it’s okay for the governor, on behalf of the state, to purchase anything?” said Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley.

However, Democrats defended the purchase.

“If we believe this is good policy,” said Sen. Yasmin Trudeau (D-Tacoma,) “our opinions of process and of leadership need not interfere.”

Abortion pills are used to kill unborn babies up to about 10 weeks of pregnancy in the U.S. Studies indicate the risks are more common than what abortion activists often claim, with about one in 17 women requiring hospital treatment.

But the pro-abortion movement claims abortions are “essential health care,” and Democrat leaders like Inslee whose campaigns receive huge backing from the billion-dollar abortion industry parrot these claims.

According to the governor’s office, about 800 unborn babies are aborted every month in Washington state using abortion pills, or about 60 percent of abortions.

Right now, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering a lawsuit from doctors with the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine that says the FDA improperly approved the abortion drug and ignored evidence of safety problems. Abortion activists fear the ruling may limit or block the sales of abortion drugs nationwide.

First approved under the Clinton administration, mifepristone is used to abort unborn babies up to about 10 weeks of pregnancy – although some abortionists use it later. It works by blocking the hormone progesterone and basically starving the unborn baby to death. Typically, abortion groups also prescribe a second drug, misoprostol, to induce labor and expel the baby’s body.

The drug is used for more than half of all abortions in the U.S. every year, killing hundreds of thousands of unborn babies, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the pro-abortion movement has been pushing abortion drugs even more heavily, and some groups send the drugs to women in pro-life states illegally.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration has been trying to expand the life-destroying drugs even further, first by allowing mifepristone to be sold through the mail without any direct medical supervision, and, more recently, by allowing pharmacies like Walgreens, CVS and RiteAid to sell them.

Along with millions of unborn babies’ deaths, the FDA has linked mifepristone to at least 28 women’s deaths and 4,000 serious complications. However, under President Barack Obama, the FDA stopped requiring that non-fatal complications from mifepristone be reported. So the numbers almost certainly are much higher.

A recent study by the Charlotte Lozier Institute found that the rate of abortion-related emergency room visits by women taking the abortion drug increased more than 500 percent between 2002 and 2015.

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