A near-total abortion ban may go into effect in Idaho, the state Supreme Court has ruled.
The decision came Friday despite a spate of legal challenges to the law, Fox News reported Saturday. However, the court agreed to expedite the various lawsuits.
Two judges agreed to shorten the timetable for hearing various legal challenges, but wanted to be advised that they believe the laws should not be enforced until the court case is complete.
A doctor and a local Planned Parenthood have sued Idaho over three laws restricting abortion, and the Justice Department is also suing Idaho in federal court over the near-total abortion ban.
The Supreme Court ruling means potential relatives of an embryo or fetus can now sue abortion providers for procedures performed after six weeks of pregnancy, and another tougher ban criminalizing all abortions may go into effect later this month.
Potential relatives can sue for up to $20,000 within four years of an abortion. Rapists cannot sue under the law, but a rapist’s family members could sue, Fox reported.
On August 25, a near-total ban on all abortions will go into effect as a result of the Supreme Court decision. However, doctors are still allowed to defend themselves in court by claiming that the abortion was performed to save the mother’s life.
Planned Parenthood has also sued over a third ban criminalizing abortions after six weeks of pregnancy except in cases where it was necessary to save a mother’s life or for rape or incest.
This law was written to go into effect on August 19th.
The Supreme Court said the plaintiffs have both failed to show that enforcing the laws would cause “irreparable harm” and that there was insufficient evidence to show they had a “clear right” to a remedy.
This ruling comes as other states, following the US Supreme Court decision in Roe v. picking up Wade face similar challenges.
https://nypost.com/2022/08/13/idaho-supreme-court-allows-strict-near-total-abortion-ban/ The Idaho Supreme Court allows a strict, almost total, ban on abortion