April 11, 2022
The Idaho Supreme Court has blocked the enactment of a new state law banning contact after fetal heart failure is detected, after six weeks of pregnancy.
Gov. Brad Little signed the law into law at the end of March. It was scheduled to take effect on April 22, but Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit.
The court acted Friday, saying it needs to review legal challenges, the Associated Press reported. Both sides are asked to leave briefs.
The Idaho bill comes after a new homicide law in Texas uses a six -week probation. Texas law allows private citizens to enforce the law by requiring health care workers to perform abortions.
Idaho law says the baby’s father, grandparents, siblings, or other family members can sue, according to the Associated Press. Complaints can be filed for up to four years after the settlement.
When he signed the bill, the governor expressed concerns about implementation.
“While I support the pro-life policy on this law, I am concerned that the new civil enforcement system will be confirmed unconstitutional or unconstitutional,” Little wrote in a letter to Lt. Col. Gov. Janice McGeachin is also the president of the State Senate.
Planned Parenthood applauds Idaho Film Council decision.
“We’re happy to be able to have a debate in the state right now, but our fight to ensure that Idahoans can fully participate in their constitutional rights is not over,” he said. Rebecca Gibron, executive director of Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky, said in a statement, according to The New York Times. “Anti-abortion lawmakers have made it clear that they will end anything that does not protect our lives, our bodies and our future.”
It is unclear how long the state Supreme Court will take to consider the new law.
The laws of Idaho and Texas were part of a larger effort to avoid the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade The decision, which prevents states from banning confinement before a baby arrives outside the womb at about 23 weeks of gestation.