Alison Durkee, Forbes Staff
Mar 17, 2022
Washington became the first state Thursday to enact a law blocking people from being sued by the state if they undergo or help facilitate an abortion, ensuring access to the procedure after neighboring Idaho became the first state to copy Texas’ near-total ban on abortion on Monday—with others expected to follow.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed HB 1851 into law Thursday, which stipulates the state cannot “penalize, prosecute, or otherwise take adverse action” against anyone who gets an abortion or who “aid[s] or assist[s]” someone who does.