Displaying 30+ Stories
Allow Ads

Idaho Passes Bill Modeled After Texas Heartbeat Law, Restricting Abortions After 6 Weeks


Lawmakers in Idaho passed a bill Monday aimed at restricting abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

It would allow family members to sue a doctor who performs the abortion for a minimum of $20,000 in damages within four years of the procedure.

The Idaho House overwhelmingly approved the bill by a 51 to 14 vote with no Democratic support. 

The Idaho Senate has already passed the bill which now goes to Gov. Brad Little (R-ID) for his signature.

Little hasn't said if he will sign it, but he did sign a similar abortion bill last year.

The measure is modeled after the Texas heartbeat abortion law, which took effect Sept. 1 and is considered the nation's toughest abortion restriction.

It blocks abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks of pregnancy when the unborn person's heartbeat can be distinguished from her mother's separate heartbeat. 

Opponents of the Idaho legislation said it's unconstitutional and is a violation of women's rights. 

Republican Rep. Steven Harris, the bill's sponsor, disagrees.

"This bill makes sure that the people of Idaho can stand up for our values and do everything in our power to prevent the wanton destruction of innocent human life," he said in a statement after the vote.  

***Please sign up for CBN Newsletters and download the CBN News app to ensure you keep receiving the latest news from a distinctly Christian perspective.***

Have you have had an abortion, are contemplating ending your pregnancy, or would like pregnancy-related resources, please click here.

Need prayer? We’re available 24/7. Call (800) 700-7000 or request prayer.

Learn why Truth Matters at CBN News.
CBN Partners provide hope to those who are suffering! You can help bring hope today!
Bring Hope

Did you know?

God is everywhere—even in the news. That’s why we view every news story through the lens of faith. We are committed to delivering quality independent Christian journalism you can trust. But it takes a lot of hard work, time, and money to do what we do. Help us continue to be a voice for truth in the media by supporting CBN News for as little as $1.