A bill criminalizing most abortions upon the anticipated overturning of Roe v. Wade was signed into law by the governor of Idaho last week.
Senate Bill 1385, introduced by state Sen. Todd Lakey (R-Nampa), passed along party lines in a 27-5 vote in the state Senate and 49-18 in the House, and Gov. Brad Little signed it into law.
The legislation, however, would only take effect once Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court of the United States. It would also allow exceptions in the case of rape, incest, and risks to the mother’s life, and would only punish abortionists, not the mothers who hire them.
“Every person who performs or attempts to perform an abortion as defined in this chapter commits the crime of criminal abortion,” the law reads, in part. “Criminal abortion shall be a felony punishable by a sentence of imprisonment of no less than two (2) years and no more than (5) years in prison.”
Lakey said he would protect unborn babies from abortion now if he could, but the courts will not allow it, according to Life News.
“Some of you may ask why now,” Lakey said. “We don’t know when the Supreme Court will change. But it may happen in the nine months when we’re not in session. The ability to take action is a question of time. If this bill can save the life of one unborn child, then it is worth it. It becomes effective without a need for future legislative action.”
Life Site continues:
Some states already have legislation in place to ban abortions when that happens. Ohio and Utah are considering similar bills this spring. In 2019, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky and Missouri also passed laws to ban abortions once Roe v. Wade is overturned.
Some states have tried to ban abortions right away or heavily restrict them through heartbeat laws and personhood legislation, but these laws consistently get struck down in court. When states lose, their taxpayers often are forced to reimburse pro-abortion groups’ legal fees.
There is more hope that the new conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court may consider overturning Roe, but it is difficult to say if it would for certain. Last week, the high court heard a Louisiana abortion case that will show where the justices stand on the matter. A ruling is expected in June.
It is immensely frustrating that elected officials feel they must wait for the Supreme Court to allow them to do their job: protect the lives of preborn citizens. Further, we cannot ignore the fact that children, though conceived in horrific circumstances such as rape and incest, will still be perfectly legal to murder in the womb. Murder is murder is murder. Period.
While we praise God for each and every precious life saved, must we wait for Roe to be overturned? We can end abortion now, and we will not stop fighting until we do!
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