Washington Early-term Abortion, Referendum 20 (1970)

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The Washington Early-term Abortion Bill, also known as Referendum 20, was on the November 3, 1970 ballot in Washington as an legislatively-referred state statute, where it was approved. The measure legalized abortion in the early months of pregnancy.[1]

Election results

Washington Referendum 20 (1970)
Approveda Yes 599,959 56.49%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:[1]

An ACT permitting the termination of pregnancy when performed: (1) By or under the supervision of a licensed physician; (2) within four lunar months after conception upon a woman not quick with child who has resided in this state for at least ninety days prior to termination; (3) with the woman's consent and that of her husband, if she is residing with him, or if unmarried and under eighteen years of age, with her consent and that of her legal guardian; and providing that no objecting hospital, physician or other person shall be required to participate in a termination of pregnancy.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1970 Voters Pamphlet", accessed August 26, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.