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The Illinois General Assembly is considering several bills that pose a threat to the right to life. HB1464 would prohibit Illinois official...

April 27, 2022

Idaho to Allow State Lawmakers to Defend Heartbeat Law

On April 21, the Idaho Supreme Court decided that state lawmakers would be allowed to defend the new Idaho law banning abortion after six weeks. The law is modeled after Texas's Heartbeat Act, which is still being enforced.

The law protects unborn children by allowing private citizens to file lawsuits against abortionists who kill unborn children after a heartbeat has developed (at approximately 6 weeks gestation). Idaho's law includes exceptions for rape, incest, and medical emergencies. It also limits the people who can file lawsuits to close family members of the aborted child.

Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke requested that the legislature be allowed to intervene in the case challenging the law. He and other lawmakers argued that the Idaho attorney general's office “compromised its ability to defend the legislative body by expressing a legal opinion.” Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has stated that the legislation was likely unconstitutional, while Idaho Gov. Brad Little suggested that the civil enforcement mechanism might prove unconstitutional.

“Because of the governor’s letter and the opinion of the attorney general’s office, the belief is well nigh inescapable that the Idaho attorney general’s office may be muted, even compromised, in its advocacy for the Legislature and legislative power,” the legislators petitioned.