Idaho GOP governor signs 'heartbeat' abortion ban into law
April 28, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Idaho on Tuesday became the second state this week to enact a so-called heartbeat ban -- a law barring most abortions at the onset of a fetal heartbeat, which can occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy and before many people know they are pregnant.
(CNN)Idaho on Tuesday became the second state this week to enact a so-called heartbeat ban -- a law barring most abortions at the onset of a fetal heartbeat, which can occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy and before many people know they are pregnant.
The Idaho bill -- which states that it will go into effect only if a federal appeals court upholds another heartbeat ban -- comes after a flurry of anti-abortion bills in the early months of the Biden administration, including this week alone.
Idaho's HB 366 requires that abortion providers check for a fetal heartbeat and would ban abortions if one is detected.
When asked about the requirements on exceptions for rape or incest, Harris pointed to a previously passed Idaho abortion measure -- which would go into effect only if Roe is overturned -- with similar requirements for rape and incest victims, saying that "we were careful in those areas to reproduce what was already in current Idaho code as not complicating the idea with other topics. "
Prior to this week, South Carolina enacted a heartbeat ban in February and Arkansas legalized a near-total abortion ban in March.
Of the 15 so-called gestational bans -- which bar abortions past a certain point in pregnancy -- already passed since the start of 2019, none have gone into effect after most of them have been blocked by judges.