Idaho lawmakers intervene in lawsuit against abortion ban

Idaho Supreme Court
Posted at 12:53 PM, Apr 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-20 14:53:20-04

The Idaho Supreme Court is allowing state lawmakers to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a law they passed earlier this year that would ban abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.

The court on Monday approved a request by Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke, Republican Senate President Pro-Tem Chuck Winder and the Legislature to take part in the case. The law is modeled after a Texas law that is enforced through lawsuits to avoid constitutional court challenges.

The law had been scheduled to take effect Friday but has been temporarily blocked by the court following a lawsuit by a regional Planned Parenthood organization.