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Idaho Anti-Abortion Laws May Be Reversed At Statehouse

Ada County Statehouse Capitol Building House Chambers Entrance
Frankie Barnhill
Boise State Public Radio

Idaho lawmakers advanced a bill that would reverse two anti-abortion laws if passed.

Earlier this year, a federal judge told Idaho lawmakers that he would strike down two anti-abortion laws if they don’t reverse those measures at the state level. In 2015, Idaho passed two laws that banned women from being prescribed abortion-inducing medicine through telemedicine.

Planned Parenthood sued the state last year arguing those laws cause a burden to women who want a safe abortion. Right now almost 20 other states outlaw telemedicine abortions. The national organization won a lawsuit like this one in Iowa.
Republicans in the statehouse are reluctant to reverse the two-year-old laws. But on Monday, a House committee advanced the bill to reverse them by a 12-3 vote. The proposal will now be debated on the House floor.

Find reporter Frankie Barnhill on Twitter @FABarnhill

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