Washington Late-term Abortion, Initiative 694 (1998)

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The Washington Late-Term Abortion Initiative, also known as Initiative 694, was on the November 3, 1998 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was defeated. The measure would have criminalized late-term abortions, except under circumstances threatening maternal mortality.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 694 (1998)
Defeatedd No1,070,36057.1%
Yes 802,376 42.9%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall the termination of a fetus' life during the process of birth be a felony crime except when necessary to prevent the pregnant woman's death?[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 694 was filed on March 31, 1998 by Robert V. Bethel of Poulsbo. 216,716 signatures were collected to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1998 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 3, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Washington Secretary of State, "Initiatives to the People," accessed September 3, 2013