A new state, Idaho, has enacted a law allowing civil lawsuits against healthcare professionals who perform voluntary terminations of pregnancy (abortions), the latest result of a wide-ranging conservative offensive to restrict abortion rights in the state. This law, signed into law by the governor on Wednesday, allows families of women who have had an abortion — as well as the fathers of the fetus, even if it’s a case of rape — to file a complaint against the clinics or doctors who performed the abortion performed the abortion. ‘Intervention. It is modeled after a similar law that has sparked significant controversy in Texas.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little claimed to be an ardent defender of the rights of “unborn babies” but was concerned that this law, which amounted to “giving private individuals the power to impose large fines … for the purpose of escape.” judicial scrutiny” could be declared contrary to the United States Constitution. Such an approach undermines institutions and “weakens our collective liberties,” he warns in a letter to local lawmakers.
Governor Little echoes the arguments of the Texas law’s critics, noting that this type of law could eventually turn against other rights that conservatives hold dear, such as the right to own and carry a firearm.
The new law has been denounced by both human rights defenders and the White House. “Legislators have openly boasted of this law as a ‘smart’ way to limit access to abortion” by bypassing justice, said Lauren Bramwell of a powerful civil rights organization, condemning text that is “irresponsible, politically motivated and harmful will”.
An explosion of abortion bill proposals
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki called the Texas law and its copycats a crude attempt to undermine the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the landmark Roe v. Wade” of 1973, which guarantees women’s right to abortion during the first two trimesters of pregnancy.
“For the past six months, Texas law has had a profoundly negative impact, forcing women to travel hundreds of miles to access medical care,” she said, noting that the impact of such laws is particularly severe on low-income women and in rural areas were .
Restrictive, or on the contrary protective, abortion laws are sweeping through US state legislatures by the hundreds in anticipation of a Supreme Court decision likely to upset the legal framework in place in the United States for nearly 50 years. Between January 1 and March 15, 1,844 birth control and abortion policies were enacted in 46 states, according to the Guttmacher Research Institute, which advocates for women’s rights to control their bodies.