BOISE, Idaho — Legislation that would outlaw an abortion in Idaho once a fetal heartbeat is detected has been introduced.
The Senate State Affairs Committee on Wednesday cleared the way for a hearing on the bill that would require doctors before performing abortions to try to detect fetal heartbeats. If they are found, abortions would be prohibited except if a woman's life is in danger or if the pregnancy is due to rape or incest.
Similar bills have passed in about a dozen states but are tied up in courts. Abortion rights advocates and opponents are waiting to see if the U.S. Supreme Court gets involved.