BOISE, Idaho — A Senate panel has rejected a proposed law modeled after a Texas law that would have outlawed nearly all abortions in Idaho by banning them once a fetal heartbeat could be detected.
The Senate State Affairs Committee on Monday deadlocked 4-4, killing the proposal. But a revised version could return. Idaho already has a “fetal heartbeat” law, but it needs a favorable ruling in a federal court to become active.
The proposal sought to amend that law to allow family members to sue a doctor who performed an abortion, making the law active now. But lawmakers said that conflicted with existing Idaho laws by giving family members standing to sue.