Idaho state legislature passes six-week abortion ban


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The Idaho House of Representatives on Monday passed a bill banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and allowing family members to sue any doctor who performs one.

The bill, which passed 51-14 and is now heading to Republican Gov. Brad Little’s desk after previously passing the Idaho Senate, makes Idaho the first state to pass legislation reflecting the controversial Texas law banning abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.

Idaho State Capitol Building in Boise, Idaho.
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Like the Texas law, the Idaho bill strengthens the ban by allowing individuals to sue people who allegedly perform such illegal abortions. The bill includes exceptions for rape, incest and medical emergencies.

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Idaho’s bill allows those who were allegedly the father, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles of an aborted unborn baby to sue an abortion provider for a minimum of $20,000 in damages within four years of the abortion.

Opponents claim the law is unconstitutional and some women do not know they are pregnant within six weeks.

An anti-abortion protester protests outside the Supreme Court building on the day of hearing arguments in the Mississippi abortion rights case Dobbs v.  Jackson Women's Health, in Washington, DC, on December 1, 2021.

An anti-abortion protester protests outside the Supreme Court building on the day of hearing arguments in the Mississippi abortion rights case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, in Washington, DC, on December 1, 2021.
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Last year, few signed laws banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, although the law includes a provision requiring a favorable federal court ruling that has yet to be issued.

In December, the Short Supreme ruled that a lawsuit by abortion providers against Texas abortion law could proceed, despite Texas arguments that the way the law was drafted meant that parties could not not sue the law until it was enforced.

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“The Court finds that the petitioners may pursue a pre-execution challenge against some of the named defendants but not others,” the court, led by Judge Neil Gorsuch, said.

The Supreme Court building in Washington, DC

The Supreme Court building in Washington, DC
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The court’s decision did not rule on its constitutionality but was rather procedural and allowed the law to remain in effect pending legal challenges.

Republican lawmakers in at least 12 states have introduced similar legislation inspired by Texas abortion law.

The Associated Press and Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.


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