Idaho Supreme Court Allows Two Pro-Life Laws To Take Effect

The Idaho state Supreme Court will allow the state’s abortion laws to take effect.

In a 3-2 decision Friday, the Idaho Supreme Court allowed the state’s total abortion ban to take effect, as well as a Texas-style “heartbeat” law that allows relatives of an unborn child to sue abortion providers for up to $20,000 — while legal challenges to both laws are ongoing. In the ruling, written by Justice Robyn Brody, the court found that the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization “altered the landscape” of abortion law in the United States, thus allowing the bans to be enforced. The abortion ban will go into effect on August 25; the heartbeat bill went into effect immediately after the ruling was delivered.

In the ruling on the state’s total abortion ban, Brody said that the petitioners, Planned Parenthood and an abortion doctor, could not demonstrate a substantial likelihood of success on the merits in the post-Dobbs constitutional system, or a clear right to an injunction against the law.

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