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Idaho Legislature passes bill barring abortion after six weeks
2022-03-15

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On March 14, the Idaho Legislature passed a bill that would ban abortion after six weeks, CNN reported.

Idaho's GOP-controlled House passed Senate Bill 1309, dubbed the "Fetal Heartbeat, Preborn Child Protection Act," in a 51-14 vote.

The bill, which passed in the state Senate earlier this month, will now move to Republican Gov. Brad Little's desk for his signature.

Idaho is the first state to fashion its "fetal heartbeat" law on Texas' controversial law that went into effect last September, in which anyone in the United States can bring legal action against anyone who helped a pregnant woman get an abortion in violation of Texas' near-ban.

The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed the Texas law to remain in place until a court challenge is decided on its merits, according to USA Today.

The Idaho bill would allow the potential father, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles of a preborn child to sue an abortion provider for a minimum of $20,000 in damages within four years of the procedure. Although a rapist wouldn't be able to file a lawsuit, that person's relatives could.

Planned Parenthood criticized the passing of the bill, calling it a "copycat" of Texas' statute.


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