On February 1, 2019, State Senators Lori Den Hartog and Todd Lakey introduced Senate Bill 1049 (S1049), which seeks to amend “existing law to revise provisions regarding partial-birth abortion.”
If passed, S1049 would update Idaho’s ban on partial-birth abortion to be consistent with federal law. The ban ensures that partial-birth abortions are illegal to perform except to save the life of the mother. This legislation modifies the wording of the ban to match federal law. In 2007, the United States Supreme Court upheld this federal law in Gonzales v. Carhart, 550 U.S. 124.
*Update: Senate Bill 1049 was passed by the Idaho House on February 14, 2019, with a vote of 29-6; and by the Idaho Senate on March 1, 2019, with a vote of 50-11-9. Governor Brad Little signed S1049 into law on March 7, 2019, with an effective date of July 1, 2019.
Madison Liberty Institute’s recommendation: SUPPORT
Representatives Julianne Young, Kevin Andrus, Christy Zito, Joe Palmer, Randy Armstrong, Linda Hartgen, Brent Crane, Heather Scott, Vito Barbieri, Jason Monks, Ryan Kerby, Rod Furniss, Wendy Horman, Thyra Stevenson, Ron Mendive, Mike Kingsley, Barbara Ehardt, Caroline Troy, Thomas Dayley, Laurie Lickley, Greg Chaney, Steven Harris, Judy Boyle, Megan Blanksma, Terry Gestrin, and Bryan Zollinger
Bill status: Signed by the Governor (03.07.2019)