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Idaho pushes forward on bill that would criminalize abortion after heartbeat is detected

A Senate panel from Boise, Idaho on Tuesday pushed forward a measure that would criminalsize nearly all abortions in rural Idaho by banning them once al heartbeat can be detected.

The bill, dubbed the Fetal Heartbeat Preborn Child Protection Act, prohibits medical providers from performing abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The legislation includes three exceptions to the ban: rape, incest and medical emergency. Similar bills have been passed in several other states, and some are already being put into law. However, earlier this year, a federal court temporarily blocked a fetal heartbeat bill in South Carolina. Licensed health care providers who perform abortions in violation of the bill will be charged with a felony punishable by a prison sentence of two to five years, according to the legislation.

Additionally, providers who perform “criminal abortions” will have their professional licenses suspended. The bill contains a so-called “trigger provision,” which means it wont go into effect unless a federal appeals court somewhere in the country upholds similar legislation from another state. The Idaho state Senate passed the bill in a 25-7 vote on April 21, days after the legislation cleared the state House in a 53-16 vote.

ARTICLE: KADEN BORG

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: IDAHO SPEAKEASY

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