State ban on partial-birth abortion sent to Idaho Gov. for signature

By Dave Andrusko

Idaho Gov. Brad Little

Last month, NRL Director of State Legislation Ingrid Duran wrote a first-rate update for NRL News of state legislation. She mentioned that “Idaho passed a state partial-birth abortion ban in their Senate State Affairs Committee. Partial-Birth Abortions are a horrific type of abortions typically performed late in pregnancy that deliver an unborn child intact, feet first, while leaving the baby’s head inside the mother and then sucking her brains out, and delivering a dead baby.”

Since then the bill has passed the full Senate—29-6— the full House-50-11—and “is now on its way to Governor Brad Little’s desk to be signed into law,” the East Idaho News reports. Idaho’s ban on partial-birth abortions has been “unenforceable since 1999 due to a federal court ruling [Weyhrich v. Lance].”

Sen. Lori Den Hartog, R-Meridian, one of the bill’s sponsors, told East Idaho News, “We’ve known for a while that we needed to go back and clean up our code to have it match the federal language.”

The bill “adds a very specific definition to mirror the federal definition of what partial-birth abortion is,” Hartog explained. “It includes the exception for the health of the mother. And it mirrors the civil remedies that are in the federal statute.”