Abortion http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Judge Says Idaho’s ‘Fetal Pain Law’ Unconstitutional http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/judge-says-idaho-s-fetal-pain-law-unconstitutional <p>A federal judge has declared Idaho’s so-called “Fetal Pain Law” unconstitutional. Idaho is one of eight states with a law banning abortions after 20 weeks. The case stems from a woman’s arrest under a separate statute for having an abortion.<br><br>Judge B. Lynn Winmill says the 20-week limit on abortions is unconstitutional because it doesn’t seek to inform the pregnant woman, nor improve her health, as the Supreme Court has allowed. Rather, he writes, it’s solely intended to put an insurmountable obstacle in the path of women seeking abortions.<br> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 15:20:47 +0000 Jessica Robinson 22072 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Judge Says Idaho’s ‘Fetal Pain Law’ Unconstitutional Idaho Lawmaker Compares Abortion And Prostitution http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-lawmaker-compares-abortion-and-prostitution <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 12px;">BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A lawmaker from northern Idaho drew audible gasps when he asked representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union-Idaho if their pro-abortion rights stance also means that they support prostitution.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 12px;">Rep. Ron Mendive, R-Coeur d'Alene, made the comparison Wednesday morning during a legislative breakfast presentation held by the ACLU on criminal justice reform and other issues.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:44:04 +0000 Associated Press 19561 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Lawmaker Compares Abortion And Prostitution Court Questions Validity Of Abortion Law Used To Charge Idaho Woman http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/court-questions-validity-abortion-law-used-charge-idaho-woman <p>A federal ruling out Tuesday will prevent further prosecution, for now, against an Idaho woman charged with having an illegal abortion. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals also questioned the constitutionality of the anti-abortion law Jennie Linn McCormack was charged with violating.</p><p>In 2010, McCormack, of Pocatello got the so-called “abortion pill” off the Internet and ended an almost 20-week pregnancy. After police discovered the fetus, she was charged under a 1972 law that makes it a felony for a woman to induce her own abortion.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:45:55 +0000 Jessica Robinson 13394 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Court Questions Validity Of Abortion Law Used To Charge Idaho Woman Seattle Group Rallies For Idaho Woman Charged With Illegal Abortion http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/seattle-group-rallies-idaho-woman-charged-illegal-abortion <p>An Idaho woman challenging her state&rsquo;s anti-abortion laws has not received much attention from groups on either side of the abortion debate. But for the first time, one group is holding a rally to support her in Seattle today.&nbsp;</p><p>Jennie Linn McCormack of Pocatello, Idaho was arrested last year after local police learned she had terminated a 20-week pregnancy at home.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 15:28:26 +0000 Jessica Robinson 10027 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Seattle Group Rallies For Idaho Woman Charged With Illegal Abortion Idaho Woman Arrested For Abortion Is Uneasy Case For Both Sides http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-woman-arrested-abortion-uneasy-case-both-sides <p>An Idaho woman arrested for inducing her own abortion is taking her case to federal court. Jennie Linn McCormack was charged last year under an obscure Idaho law for ending her pregnancy with RU-486. She joins an increasing number of women who get the so-called abortion pill off the internet. McCormack&rsquo;s attorney says he&rsquo;s willing to take the challenge all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Meanwhile, neither pro-choice nor pro-life groups are paying attention to the case.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 12:29:10 +0000 Jessica Robinson 3868 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Woman Arrested For Abortion Is Uneasy Case For Both Sides Idaho Democrats Push For Constitutional Amendment Against Ultrasounds http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-democrats-push-constitutional-amendment-against-ultrasounds <p>Idaho Democrats pushed for a jobs package and ethics reform at the start of this legislative term.&nbsp; At the end, none of these proposals made it very far.&nbsp; <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/idaho/files/Dem%27s%20Idaho%20House%20of%20Representatives.doc">They announced Friday they&rsquo;ll renew their efforts next year</a>.&nbsp; Democrats also want a constitutional amendment to guard against mandated medical procedures.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 22:05:42 +0000 3384 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Democrats Push For Constitutional Amendment Against Ultrasounds Women Seeking Abortion Won't Need Ultrasound http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/women-seeking-abortion-wont-need-ultrasound <p>Women wanting an abortion won&#39;t need an ultrasound in Idaho. State lawmakers were considering a measure to make that the case.&nbsp; Right to Life advocates wanted this legislation&nbsp;to&nbsp;persuade more women to say no to an abortion.&nbsp; Over the last two months, the mandate sparked rallies and fierce debate.&nbsp; Sen. Chuck Winder (R-Boise) said &ldquo;I just see that there&#39;s a higher, at least in my opinion, need to protect the unborn and to respect the life of the developing child.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 21:11:47 +0000 Samantha Wright 3153 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Women Seeking Abortion Won't Need Ultrasound UPDATE: Live Ultrasound Demonstration At Statehouse Brings Hecklers, Bill Now In Limbo http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/update-live-ultrasound-demonstration-statehouse-brings-hecklers-bill-now-limbo <p>UPDATE:&nbsp; The bill to require women to have an abdominal ultrasound or a trans-vaginal ultrasound&nbsp;has already passed the Senate.&nbsp; Lawmakers on the House State Affairs Committee were supposed to hear the bill Thursday morning, but in a surprise move late this afternoon, that meeting was canceled.&nbsp; That leaves the bill&#39;s future in limbo.</p><p>ORIGINAL STORY:</p><p>Protesters&nbsp;at odds over a plan to require women to get an ultrasound ahead of an abortion staged separate demonstrations Wednesday at the statehouse.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:45:30 +0000 Samantha Wright 2810 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org UPDATE: Live Ultrasound Demonstration At Statehouse Brings Hecklers, Bill Now In Limbo Ultrasound Before Abortion Mandate Moves Forward http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/ultrasound-abortion-mandate-moves-forward <p>The Idaho Senate passed a bill today that requires an ultrasound before a woman can get an abortion.&nbsp; Senators spoke passionately for and against the measure. The bill requires a woman to get either an abdominal or trans-vaginal ultrasound before an abortion.&nbsp; Several senators said their vote would be a personal decision, a vote from the heart.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 21:01:37 +0000 Samantha Wright 2674 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Ultrasound Before Abortion Mandate Moves Forward