Idaho is pushing back against the devaluing of human life with a law that would ban abortions after the fetus has a detectable heartbeat.
Idaho’s governor, Republican Brad Little, signed the bill into law on April 27, reports The Daily Wire.
The state’s Fetal Heartbeat Preborn Child Protection Act bars abortion procedures after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, usually around four to six weeks of gestation.
Exceptions to the ban exist, and are made in cases of rape, incest, or medical emergencies. A woman seeking an abortion for rape or incest must provide a copy of a police report, however.
Under the law, a doctor who performs an abortion outside of the law’s restrictions has committed a felony and can be imprisoned for two to five years and have their medical licenses suspended. A woman who receives an abortion would be allowed to sue the medical provider who performed it.
“Idaho is a state that values the most innocent of all lives – the lives of babies. We should never relent in our efforts to protect the lives of the preborn,” Little said in a statement released April 27.
“I appreciate Idaho lawmakers for continuing to protect lives by passing this important legislation, and I am proud to sign the bill into law today,” the governor said.
The bill includes a “trigger provision,” meaning it would only become effective if a similar state ban is upheld in one of the country’s federal appeals courts. “Heartbeat bills” have not often succeeded in federal court; similar bills in several other states were struck down in 2020.