Idaho Passes 'Fetal Pain' Bill

Wednesday, 06 Apr 2011 12:38 PM

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Idaho became the latest state Tuesday to pass a “fetal pain” bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, The Spokesman-Review reported Wednesday.

Dozens of states are considering similar bills. Kansas lawmakers passed one last week, and its awaiting the governor’s signature there. The state laws being pushed by conservative state lawmakers throughout the country is modeled after a Nebraska law passed last year.

In Idaho, lawmakers said they’re prepared to defend the new law in court, if need be. They included a provision for a legal defense fund that could accept donations.

The bill bans abortion after 20 weeks on grounds of fetal pain. It includes no exceptions for rape, incest, severe fetal abnormality or the mental or psychological health of the mother. Only when the pregnancy threatens the mother’s life or physical health could a post-20-week abortion be performed.

idaho, abortion, bill, pain“Is not the child of that rape or incest also a victim?” asked Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton. “It didn’t ask to be here. It was here under violent circumstances perhaps, but that was through no fault of its own.”

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