Idaho Governor Brad Little just signed a law banning all abortions after six weeks, when a baby's heartbeat is detected.
The bill would reportedly ban most abortions since, according to Fox News, most women do not realize they are pregnant until they are six weeks along. However, the law has a "trigger" provision that will bar it from being implemented until a federal appeals court decides whether it will uphold a similar law. "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 in a statement obtained by Life News.
Many in the abortion camp have decried heartbeat laws as cruel to the mother, arguing that they do not consider the life or wellbeing of the mother. However, the bill's sponsor, Patti Anne Lodge, emphatically denies this is the case. She told Life News, "We have a multitude of services available for women in crisis pregnancies. Choosing life is supported with compassionate help throughout the pregnancy and extends to 18 months after birth. Life goals can still be achieved for both the mother and child. With the availability of compassionate and supportive services and the rights pregnant women have in today's world, a woman can give birth and continue her life goals."
The bill does have a rape and incest exception, which many in the United States support. However, outside of that, the bill would make abortion after six weeks illegal.
Governor Little commented, "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."
Little's statements were echoed by Family Policy Alliance of Idaho's Executive Director Blaine Conzatti, who told Life News, "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. This explains why a reputable national poll found that nearly 70 percent of Americans – including 55 percent of Democrats – support this life-affirming legislation. The Idaho Heartbeat Bill is constitutionally, scientifically, and morally sound."
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John Paluska has been a contributor for Christian Headlines since 2016 and is the founder of The Washington Gazette, a news outlet he relaunched in 2019 as a response to the constant distribution of fake news.