Washington state prohibits Texas-style abortion lawsuits

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Posted at 2:00 PM, Mar 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-17 14:56:11-04

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a measure that prohibits legal action against people seeking an abortion and those who aid them. The Democrat's signature comes days after the Legislature in neighboring Idaho approved a bill allowing lawsuits by potential family members to enforce a ban on abortions performed after six weeks of pregnancy. Washington’s measure takes effect in June in response to a Texas law that bans abortion after roughly six weeks of pregnancy and leaves enforcement of the law to private citizens who can collect $10,000 or more if they bring a successful lawsuit against a provider or anyone who helps a patient obtain an abortion.