The Idaho Abortion Ban bill has been passed by the legislators in the state of Idaho and is currently moving towards the desk of the governor. The bill will be the first in the country to be a facsimile of the recent law that was passed in Texas, which entailed a ban on abortion after six weeks- before most women even knew that they were bearing a child.
The Idaho Abortion Ban Is A Piece of Regressive Law That Should Never See The Light Of The Day
The Idaho Abortion Ban also prohibits abortions to take place after six weeks and allows the family of the father to sue a medical provider who would be willing to perform the procedure. This utterly bizarre law also states that family members of the father would be able to sue for a minimum sum of $20,000 within four years of abortion. In the event of rape, the rapist will not be allowed to sue- but their family could. What seems so ludicrous is that such an archaic and draconian law can get passed in the 21st century.
The House of Representatives for the State passed the Idaho Abortion Ban bill on the night of Monday at 51-14, which was done almost along party lines. This came about after the state Senate had already passed the bill in the early part of the month. Rep. Steven Harris, one of the sponsors for the bill, stated that this bill would make sure that the people of the state would be able to stand for their values.
The Idaho Abortion Ban bill would now be moving towards Gov. Brad Little- waiting for his inevitable signature. The Governor had previously signed a fetal heartbeat bill into law the previous year- which banned abortions after the heartbeat of the fetus was detected. Goes without saying, the Republican Governor would be signing this regressive law as well. Nevertheless, one needs to mention that there is a slight difference between the Texas law and the Idaho bill. Both of them allow for exceptions made exclusively in the case of a medical emergency, but Texas law doesn’t allow these exceptions in cases of incest or rape. Interesting, isn’t it?