The governor of Idaho has signed a bill banning abortion six weeks later.
Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to overturn Idaho’s new abortion law.
The law prohibits abortion after heart activity is detected in a fetus, which occurs at about six weeks of gestation. Many women do not know at six weeks that they are pregnant.
According to court documents, the case was filed in the Supreme Court of Idaho on behalf of Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky and Dr. Caitlin Gustafson, a healthcare provider who performed abortions at planned parent clinics.
The bill, which goes into effect April 22, was signed by the governor last week, making Idaho the first law model since the Texas abortion ban.
“It should be clear to everyone that the Idaho state legislature deliberately abandoned the rule of law when they passed the six-week abortion ban. Admittedly, this was wrong, “said Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in a press release.
Under the plan, the law would allow fetal fathers, grandparents, siblings, uncles or aunts to sue a medical provider who performs the procedure and can collect at least $ 20,000 in rewards for successful claims filed within four years of an abortion. Fatherhood.
The law’s “enforcement process and substance are clearly unconstitutional, so much so that the Idaho Attorney General’s Office has expressed an opinion on the matter, and the governor has emphasized similar concerns when signing,” the lawsuit states.
In a letter to Janice McGuinness, Lieutenant Governor and President of the State Senate, Idaho Governor Brad Little, criticized the bill, saying, “I express my solidarity with all Idaho people who want to save the lives of preterm infants.”
He then added, “Although I support the pro-life policy in this law, I fear that the fancy civil enforcement mechanism will in a short time prove to be both unconstitutional and unconstitutional.”
The plan calls for a parental court to rule that the bill is “illegal and unenforceable” and to bar Idaho courts from pursuing civil cases as the bill allows.
Without the intervention of the court, the law will be enforced, according to the lawsuit, which “destroys the constitutional law of this state and the lives of its citizens.”
“The abortion ban explicitly infringes on patients’ right to privacy. It unjustly and illegally transfers law enforcement to private citizens, violates the separation of powers and allows the plaintiff to sue without violating Idaho’s constitution,” Planned Parenthood said.
Rebecca Jibron, interim CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky, added: Compromises rights and our health and safety. “
The lawsuit seeks emergency relief by April 21 to prevent the implementation of the abortion ban before it becomes law.
“Unless the abortion ban is lifted, the Idahoans will see in real time that their government deprives them of the rights they have vowed to protect. Everyone deserves to make their own decisions about their bodies, their families and their lives – and we’re going to make that a reality.” To continue to fight, “said McGill Johnson.