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‘Heartbeat’ abortion ban bill introduced in Idaho Senate

Colorado voters reject ballot measure that would've banned abortions after 22 weeks
Posted at 11:57 AM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 18:10:09-05

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.