Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Tuesday signed a law that would ban abortions after a baby’s heartbeat is detected.
“Idaho is a state that values the most innocent of all lives — the lives of babies,” the Republican governor said in a news release on his official website.
“We should never relent in our efforts to protect the lives of the preborn,” he said. “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 baby’s heartbeat is detectable roughly five to six weeks after the child is conceived.
The new law has exceptions for cases