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Idaho’s anti-abortion law

Date: 28 March 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

An anti-abortion law has been enacted by Idaho state of United States, fashioned after the Texas ‘Heartbeat’ Act.

 

Background

The ‘Heartbeat’ Act of Texas state bans abortion after over six weeks of pregnancy.

 

Details

  • The Idaho law provides exceptions to abortion in the case of incest and rape, which is not the case in Texas anti-abortion bill.

  • States with similar legislation include Arizona, Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Minnesota, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

  • The conservative majority of the Supreme Court could overturn the decision that had made undue state restrictions on abortion as unconstitutional.

 

The bill of Idaho

  • An individual should not perform an abortion on a pregnant woman when a 43 fetal heartbeat has been detected. The exceptions include pregnancies resulting from rape and incest.

  • The law of Idaho allows family members of the person who gets an abortion to sue abortion providers after six weeks.

  • The medical professionals who attempted, performed, or conducted an abortion in violation of the law are liable to pay up to $20,000 in damages.

 

Criticism

  • Republican conservatives believe that Democrats may implement similar laws in states that go against constitutionally protected rights dear to Republicans such as gun control and religious practice.

  • The anti-abortion law of Texas could be used as a template to restrict other individual rights protected by the constitution.