New King County Sheriff Sponsored Anti-Choice Bills

By Erica C. Barnett April 2, 2012

Steve Strachan, the former Kent police chief who will be appointed as the new county sheriff this afternoon, is appearing alongside US Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) this afternoon to brief reporters on efforts to pass the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which has been held up by Republicans in Congress. (Strachan is replacing outgoing chief Sue Rahr, who's retiring.) VAWA provides services to help local law-enforcement agencies like the sheriff's department crack down on domestic violence.

It's ironic, then, that as a Republican Minnesota state legislator, Strachan sponsored two pieces of defiantly anti-woman legislation. The first, the so-called "Women's Right to Know Act," imposed a 24-hour waiting period on women seeking abortions and required doctors to provide a state-sanctioned list of information, including questionable information about "fetal pain," referrals to religious crisis pregnancy centers, and detailed information about fetal development, including pictures.

The second bill barred state family planning grants from funding abortions or from referring women to agencies that do provide abortions; women seeking abortions, under that Strachan-sponsored law, are to be directed to crisis pregnancy centers or doctors who provide neonatal and maternal care---but not abortions.

We're heading down to the Strachan-Murray event and will update when we get back.
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