Idaho Governor Brad Little signed a law banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
- On April 27, 2021, Idaho Governor Brad Little signed the Fetal Heartbeat Preborn Child Protection Act.
- The bill bans doctors from performing abortion procedures after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
- The Idaho state House and Senate have already approved the law.
On Tuesday, April 27, Republican Governor Brad Little signed the Fetal Heartbeat Preborn Child Protection Act. According to the bill, medical providers are not allowed to perform abortion procedures around four to six weeks of pregnancy, which is when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
The bill bans abortions after a baby’s heartbeat is detected, around five or six weeks after conception. The legislation makes exceptions for medical emergencies and pregnancies that are the result of rape or incest. #IDLeg pic.twitter.com/YIfGl6O00b
— Brad Little (@GovernorLittle) April 27, 2021
As per Daily Wire, the new law also says that if a woman receives an abortion after this period, she would be allowed to sue the doctor who performed it.
If a medical worker performs an abortion against the new law, he would be committing a felony and can be jailed for two to five years.
The act states:
“The presence of a human heartbeat is a more reliable indicator of life than the medically uncertain concept of “viability” and whether that preborn child is “potentially able to live outside the mother’s womb.””
Abortions in cases of rape, incest, or medical emergencies will be allowed, only if the woman requiring the procedure provides a copy of a police report.
Governor Little said on Tuesday:
“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. Hundreds and hundreds of babies lose their lives every year in Idaho due to abortion, an absolute tragedy. 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.”
Earlier this month, the bill was passed by the Idaho state House and Senate. Family Policy Alliance of Idaho, who support the governor’s decision, said:
“We are proud that Idaho can be added to the list of pro-life states leading the charge in offering legal protection for our youngest and most defenseless residents.”
Since the act has a “trigger provision,” it would only take effect in case a similar ban is upheld in one of the U.S.’s federal appeals courts.
There is a possibility that the bill may not be well-received, as last year, several similar acts in other states were denied.
Let's be clear: Nothing changes today or in the future. Abortion is still legal in Idaho, even after six weeks. This is a trigger law that would ONLY begin IF a similar ban is upheld in a separate court. And, of course, we'll sue to stop it then. #idleg #idpol #politicalgames https://t.co/t4rdr6nle4
— Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates – West (@PPAAWest) April 27, 2021
The Fetal Heartbeat Preborn Child Protection Act, signed by Little, follows a series of “heartbeat bills,” passed by Republican-led state legislatures. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt also signed a similar bill prohibiting abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
(3/4) I'm keeping my promise to sign all pro-life legislation. We now have three more laws protecting the lives of the unborn! HB 2441, HB 1904, and HB 1102. pic.twitter.com/PVdRBELNZg
— Governor Kevin Stitt (@GovStitt) April 26, 2021
Furthermore, the Oklahoma Governor signed a law banning all abortions, which are not related to medical emergencies. If a medical provider performs the procedure without being able to prove it was an emergency case, they risk losing their licenses. Stitt also approved another abortion-related bill stating that the doctors who perform abortions must be board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology.