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WSU medical school bill hits snag

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the bill stalled when a Seattle lawmaker asked the school to promise that it would not limit teaching on reproductive health or end-of-life care due to its partnerships with religious hospitals. the bill stalled when a Seattle lawmaker asked the school to promise that it would not limit teaching on reproductive health or end-of-life care due to its partnerships with religious hospitals.
OLYMPIA, Wash. -

A widely supported bill to let Washington State University open a medical school in Spokane has hit a snag.

The Seattle Times reports that the bill stalled when a Seattle lawmaker asked the school to promise that it would not limit teaching on reproductive health or end-of-life care due to its partnerships with religious hospitals.

The bill was scheduled to be voted out of committee on Friday, but the vote was delayed after Rep. Gerry Pollet, a Seattle Democrat, pushed that amendment.

WSU supporters say they have no intention of restricting medical education. But they say Pollet's amendment has no place in the bill.

Pollet says the state should not authorize a medical school without an assurance that it will train students in all relevant medical practices, including reproductive health for woman.

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