Idaho’s Abortion Law Changes

Darbi Nash

On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, Idaho’s governor, Brad Little, signed a bill into law banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. 


The Fetal Heartbeat Preborn Child Protection Act prohibits medical providers from performing abortion procedures after a fetal heartbeat can be discovered, which is about four to six weeks of pregnancy. 


The only expectations to the ban are abortions in cases of rape, incest, or medical emergencies, and women searching for an abortion for rape or incest must provide the abortion doctor with a copy of a police report. 


“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,” Little reported in a statement. “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.”


A pro-life group in Idaho mentioned that they are proud that they can add Idaho to pro-life states. 


“Thanks to modern medical technology, every new parent now knows the excitement of first hearing their son or daughter’s heartbeat during early prenatal check-ups. Preborn babies with beating hearts deserve the same constitutional right to life accorded to any other living person,” the pro-life group stated. 


The bill includes a “trigger provision,” meaning it would only take effect if a similar state ban is taken place in one for the other country’s federal appeals courts. “Heartbeat bills” have not advanced in federal court; several similar bills in other states were struck down last year.