PRESS RELEASE: Heartbeat Civil Enforcement Mechanism Now in Effect

August 12, 2022


BOISE, IDAHO – The Idaho State Supreme Court today vacated its stay blocking implementation 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 criminal penalties created by the Heartbeat law 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, meaning that doctors can now be held civilly liable for performing most abortions after a pre-born baby’s heartbeat can be detected. The criminal penalties of the Heartbeat law will become effective on Friday, August 19, as scheduled.


A statement from Blaine Conzatti, president of Idaho Family Policy Center:

As we have been saying for months, our Idaho Heartbeat law is constitutionally, scientifically, and morally sound. We were confident that our Heartbeat law would withstand judicial scrutiny, and today is a life-saving step in that direction. We remain confident that further litigation on this issue will result in the same outcome, and we expect that thousands of babies will be receive the opportunity to live their lives as a result of this law.

This is the day that the pro-life movement has worked towards for decades. Today is a great day for pre-born babies with beating hearts in Idaho!


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