Idaho lawmakers are looking to follow Texas’ lead in banning abortion after a preborn child’s heartbeat can be detected — and abortionists and abortion advocates are worried. “The impact would be absolutely devastating to patients,” Paul Dillon, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, told the Spokesman-Review. “We’ve already seen patients from Texas.”
According to the news outlet, two bills were passed that are primed to take effect, depending on the outcome of various court cases. The first would be similar to the Texas Heartbeat Act, restricting abortion once a preborn child’s heartbeat can be detected. These bills would take effect if an appellate court were to uphold a similar law in another state, or once federal courts rule on other abortion laws. Idaho courts will then respond accordingly.
State Sen. Patti Anne Lodge further explained in a statement to the paper that more pro-life bills were forthcoming, and that lawmakers will include “some adjustments to (Idaho’s) trigger law to coincide with decisions in other states.” Blaine Conzatti, Idaho Family Policy Center president, also said they expect to “add a similar private enforcement mechanism” as the law in Texas.
Gov. Brad Little further said he supports Roe v. Wade being overturned, allowing individual states to decide their own rules on abortion. “Gov. Little welcomes a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that would clarify there is no constitutional right to an abortion and restore state sovereignty by allowing states to regulate all abortions,” spokesperson Emily Callihan told the Spokesman in an e-mailed statement.
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