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Idaho Abortion Laws and How They Differ From Neighboring States

By    |   Thursday, 08 Oct 2015 12:40 AM

Idaho's abortions laws are fairly similar when compared with other neighboring states.

In Idaho "an abortion is legal in the first and second trimesters if, after a consultation between a licensed medical doctor and woman seeking abortion, the doctor determines that abortion is appropriate considering the various mental, physical, and family factors including circumstances of pregnancy (such as rape or incest),"FindLaw reported.

Idaho law also says that in the third trimester, "an abortion is only lawful if necessary to preserve the life of the pregnant woman. Additionally, the doctor must consult another physician who agrees it’s necessary. Precautions must be taken to preserve the survival of the fetus, if viable."

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Women seeking abortion in Idaho must have mandatory counseling and must wait 24 hours after receiving it to get the procedure done. Minor girls must have written consent from parents to get an abortion unless they are emancipated or have received permission from a court, according to FindLaw.

In neighboring Montana, parents must be notified if a minor under the age of 16 seeks an abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Access to an abortion clinic is also challenging for women, Guttmacher noted, adding that 89 percent of all of Montana's counties had no abortion clinic in 2011, while there were only eight abortion providers in the state in that same year.

Montana taxpayers are required by court order to fund “medically necessary” abortions for women eligible for public assistance. The state requires mandatory counseling and a 24-hour waiting period for those seeking an abortion.

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In Wyoming, there were no abortion clinics in 2011 with just three abortion providers in the entire state in that same year, Guttmacher noted. Wyoming earned a D grade from NARAL Pro-Choice Americia.

Wyoming requires parental consent for minors seeking an abortion and offers public funding for abortion only in cases where the mother's life is endangered as well as incest and rape, according to Abort73.com.

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