OLYMPIA, Wash. - After facing criticism that a bill claiming to mandate parental notification for minors seeking abortions would also place long-existing abortion rights in the state at risk, Republican lawmakers have introduced revisions narrowing the bill's scope.
In its original form, Senate Bill 5156 would have repealed laws passed by voter initiative in 1991 codifying in state law that women have the right to seek abortions and that doctors have the right to perform them.
By extension, the bill would have made doctors performing abortions in the state guilty of a felony in the event that federal laws allowing abortion are reversed.
In the new version introduced Monday, those provisions are removed.
Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, a bill sponsor, said the original language was due to an oversight by the state's code reviser.