Idaho’s Republican governor signed a bill into law on Tuesday banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
Governor Brad Little signed the Fetal Heartbeat Preborn Child Protection Act, which prohibits medical providers from performing abortion procedures after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is around four to six weeks of pregnancy. A woman who received an abortion would be allowed to sue the medical provider who performed it.
The only exceptions to the ban are abortions in cases of rape, incest, or medical emergencies, and a woman seeking 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 said Tuesday in a statement.
“Hundreds and hundreds of babies lose their lives every year in Idaho due to abortion, an absolute tragedy. I