SHB 46, this year’s anti-abortion bill made it through Senate, albeit without the most pernicious provision which would have created a crime of coercing an abortion, with coercion defined so broadly as to be absurd. House Republicans, though, have refused to accept the trimmed legislation even though the remaining provisions throw up enough senseless obstacles to choice that it ought to satisfy the GOP urge to chip away at our right to make decisions that affect our physical being.
A few more reasonable Senators noted on the overly broad definition of coercion had the potential to cause serious problems:
Senators in both parties objected to that language because of concerns that it could criminalize parental advice to minors and that it might make it difficult for victims of domestic violence and rape to get an abortion.
It didn’t seem to strike anybody, though that coercion works both ways and that this legislation is just one of many efforts to coerce women to give birth. And with Roe v. Wade, this type of coercion has been found to be illegal.