Idaho Supreme Court hears arguments on anti-abortion lawsuits

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on abortion legislation that plaintiffs argue creates confusion for providers and endangers women.  Arguments revolved around the constitutionality of the legislation, rights to privacy and vagueness in the new laws.   The court will consider whether it should consolidate the abortion cases, as wellContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court hears arguments on anti-abortion lawsuits”

DOJ sues Idaho over its trigger abortion restriction bill

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports In a press conference Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the state of Idaho regarding anti-abortion legislation. “The suit seeks to hold invalid the state’s criminal prohibition on providing abortions as applied to women who are suffering medical emergencies underContinue reading “DOJ sues Idaho over its trigger abortion restriction bill”

Planned Parenthood asks Supreme Court to expedite hearing as abortion ban date nears

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As the implementation date nears for Idaho’s six-week abortion ban, Planned Parenthood has asked the Idaho Supreme Court to set an expedited briefing and oral argument schedule. Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky filed the motion on Monday, referring to the so-called “Fetal Heartbeat Preborn Child Protection Act”Continue reading “Planned Parenthood asks Supreme Court to expedite hearing as abortion ban date nears”

Day 3: GOP platform focuses on abortion restriction, primary elections

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Republican Party has approved changes to its platform that criminalize all abortions without exemptions for rape, incest, or the life of the mother, as well as green-lighting restrictions to voting in future GOP primary elections.  On the third day of the Idaho GOP Convention, delegates debated multiple proposedContinue reading “Day 3: GOP platform focuses on abortion restriction, primary elections”

Idaho’s abortion law puts medical expertise, prosecutorial discretion on collision course

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho’s trigger law, set to take effect 30 days after the Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health is finalized, will criminalize abortions except in cases of reported rape, incest, or the life of the mother. That last exemption in particular could present difficulties for both doctors andContinue reading “Idaho’s abortion law puts medical expertise, prosecutorial discretion on collision course”

Idaho leaders react to Dobbs decision

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho elected officials and stakeholders are reacting to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade with Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, released Friday. Idaho Reports will update this post throughout the day as more statements come in. Note: With the exception of Gov. Brad Little’s comments, all statements andContinue reading “Idaho leaders react to Dobbs decision”

Idaho’s conversation on reproductive healthcare isn’t over yet

by Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports If the United States Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade this summer, as a leaked draft opinion indicates, a trigger law banning nearly all abortions in Idaho wouldn’t be the end of the conversation about abortion and reproductive health in Idaho. Rep. Brent Crane, current chairman of the House StateContinue reading “Idaho’s conversation on reproductive healthcare isn’t over yet”

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

Southern Idahoans disproportionately affected if Roe overturned

By Melissa Davlin and Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports If the United States Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade, most abortion will become illegal in Idaho, due to a trigger law passed in 2021. But depending on where they live, that law won’t affect Idahoans equally.  Earlier this week, POLITICO reported on a leaked draft opinionContinue reading “Southern Idahoans disproportionately affected if Roe overturned”

Lawsuit filed over Idaho’s new “fetal heartbeat” abortion bill

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Planned Parenthood Great Northwest filed a lawsuit Thursday against the state over an abortion bill passed by the Idaho Legislature . The bill would allow family members of a fetus to sue an abortion provider, regardless of the pregant woman’s choice to terminate a pregnancy.  It would effectively ban abortionContinue reading “Lawsuit filed over Idaho’s new “fetal heartbeat” abortion bill”