IFPC-Supported Heartbeat Modification Passes House, Sent to Governor

(Idaho Family Policy Center) Idaho Family Policy Center, a pro-family Christian ministry, celebrates the passage of legislation to modify our existing Heartbeat Law in the Idaho State House of Representatives today.

The legislation (Senate Bill 1309), which is sponsored by Senator Patti Anne Lodge (R-Huston) and Representative Steven Harris (R-Meridian), passed the Idaho Senate earlier this month, and now goes to the desk of Governor Brad Little for his signature.

Senate Bill 1309 would make a simple change to the existing Idaho Heartbeat Law by creating a private enforcement mechanism that allows family members of unlawfully aborted preborn babies to sue the abortionist who committed the crime. The changes to the law would go into effect thirty days following signature by Gov. Brad Little.

A sharp decline in the Texas abortion rate has been observed after a similar law in that state became effective and successfully withstood three challenges at the United States Supreme Court. For nearly seven months, Texas abortionists have voluntarily complied with the law and are no longer offering abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. Supporters and opponents of the Idaho legislation both expect a similar outcome here if it becomes law.  (Read More)