Here’s breaking news: As of this afternoon, the civil enforcement mechanism of our Idaho Heartbeat law is in effect!
That means abortionists can now be held civilly liable for unlawful abortions they perform after a preborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected!
Just minutes ago, the Idaho State Supreme Court vacated its stay blocking implementation of the civil penalties section of the Idaho Heartbeat law. In their decision, the court stated that Planned Parenthood is unlikely to succeed on the merits in its lawsuit challenging the civil enforcement mechanism and the criminal penalties of the Heartbeat law that was signed by Gov. Brad Little earlier this year.
As a result of the order issued this afternoon, the civil enforcement mechanism of the Heartbeat law is currently in full force and effect. Furthermore, the criminal penalties of the Heartbeat law will become enforceable next Friday, August 19, as scheduled.
This is the day that the pro-life movement has worked towards for decades! Precious children with beating hearts now finally have legal protection in the state of Idaho—and to God be the glory!
We will keep you updated!
Standing for life,
President, Idaho Family Policy Center
P.S. We owe a big thank you to the legislative sponsors, Rep. Steve Harris (R-Meridian), Rep. Brent Crane (R-Nampa), Rep. Barbara Ehardt (R-Idaho Falls), and Sen. Patti Anne Lodge (R-Huston), who worked tirelessly to carry the Heartbeat bills across the finish line during the 2021 and 2022 legislative sessions!