Oklahoma, Idaho each advance abortion bans after a child’s heartbeat can be detected

By Dave Andrusko

After what was described as “a lengthy debate,” the Oklahoma Senate passed SB 1503 by an overwhelming vote of 33-11. Under SB 1503, abortions may not be performed after the unborn child’s heartbeat is detectable, generally around the sixth week of pregnancy.

The bill mirrors the Texas Heartbeat Act. The law is enforced through civil remedies rather than criminal penalties.

The Idaho House State Affairs Committee has approved and sent to the floor its own prohibition against abortions performed after a heartbeat is detectable. “The new proposed law has a private enforcement mechanism allowing civil lawsuits,” explain the Associated Press’s Keith Ridler, “It’s modeled after a Texas law that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed to remain in place until a court challenge is decided on its merits.”

“The proposed Idaho law allows the father, grandparents, siblings and aunts and uncles to sue an abortion provider,” according to Ridler.

The measure has already passed the Senate.