May 21, 2021

New Idaho Law Defunds Abortion Businesses and Bans them From Teaching Sex-Ed in Public Schools

Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R)
On Monday, May 10, Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) signed the "No Public Funds for Abortion Act" (HB 220). This law prevents state tax dollars from funding abortion businesses or any initiatives that promote abortion. Additionally, the law bans abortion businesses from contracting with public schools to teach sex education to children.

One effect of this legislation is that Idaho public universities will no longer be allowed to give abortion pills to students. According to LiveAction, abortion pills were available at Boise State University, the University of Idaho, and Idaho State University.

Illinois pro-lifers might recognize that sex education taught by abortion businesses is not far from becoming a reality in our state. HB 1736, known as the REACH Act, would mandate that all schools in Illinois teach sex education in grades k-12. Planned Parenthood has heavily advocated for the bill, indicating that it likely plans to contract with schools to use its pro-abortion sex education materials.

As Illinois's spring legislative session comes to a close, it will become more difficult for pro-abortion advocates to get the REACH act passed, but we should continue to watch this legislation regardless. Illinois legislators have crammed controversial bills through the General Assembly before, and we need to keep them accountable.

Regarding the pro-life Idaho legislation, sponsor Bruce Skaug (R) said, “It’s going to save some children from abortion. I have no doubt about that.” Planned Parenthood-taught sex education would likely have the opposite effect.

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