What Does A “Post-Roe” Idaho Look Like?

On Monday night, Politico published a leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v Wade, revealing that the court is poised to strike down the landmark decision that guaranteed abortion access.

Should the court overturn Roe v Wade, Idaho has a trigger law in place that would criminalize nearly all abortions, with exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother. That statute was written to go into effect if the courts do overturn Roe, and while the court hasn’t yet published its final opinion, it did confirm that the leaked draft was authentic.

Republicans have worked for decades to overturn Roe v Wade. Now that a leaked draft opinion has signaled that coming reality, what’s next for Idaho? One thing is for certain: Even after a trigger law goes into effect, the conversation at the statehouse won’t be over. So how will this pending decision shape legislative conversations over the coming years?

Rep. Brent Crane, chairman of the House State Affairs Committee, and Rep. Lauren Necochea, chair of the Idaho Democratic Party, joined Melissa Davlin on Friday to discuss how Idaho might move forward once an opinion is finalized.

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