Victory! Heartbeat Bill Now Law in Idaho!

Apr 28, 2021

On April 27, 2021, Idaho Governor Brad Little stood for the sanctity of human life by signing the state legislature’s pro-life bill banning abortions once a baby’s heartbeat can be detected.

The Fetal Heartbeat Preborn Child Protection Act (HB 366) bans abortions in which an embryonic heartbeat is detectable using an ultrasound, which is as early as six weeks of life. Abortion providers can receive up to five years in prison for violating the law, and mothers who undergo such abortions are empowered to sue them.
Idaho’s “heartbeat bill” passed the state House on April 16 and the state Senate on April 23.
HB 366 states that a detectable heartbeat “signals rhythmically and without pause the presence of a precious and unique life.”
After signing HB 366 into law on Tuesday, Gov. Little wrote, “Idaho is a state that values the most innocent of all lives – the lives of babies. We should never relent in our efforts to protect the lives of the preborn.”
And the bill’s sponsor, state Senator Patti Anne Lodge (R) said, “This is good legislation that gives a preborn child the same rights as a mother.”
HB 366 requires police reports for exceptions due to rape and incest and includes an exception for cases threatening the mother’s life.
The bill includes a “trigger provision” and will only go into effect when a U.S. federal appeals court upholds a similar bill.
Bans on abortion once a baby’s heartbeat is detectable have been passed by other states. In fact, Oklahoma passed a similar bill last week. The pro-life movement is gaining momentum as more lawmakers recognize and stand up for life in the womb.
Legislation at the state level challenges the precedent set by Roe v. Wade in 1973 and every victory is a step closer to abolishing abortion in our nation.
Liberty Counsel fights for the inherent value of preborn life. Our Founder and Chairman, Mat Staver, defended pro-life sidewalk counselors in his argument before the United States Supreme Court in 1994. Liberty Counsel continues to file briefs and defend pro-life advocates in our work against abortion.

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