United States: After Texas, Idaho adopts a law reducing the abortion period to six weeks

Following Texas in September 2021, the Idaho state parliament passed a law on March 14 that prohibits abortion beyond six weeks of pregnancy.

Unlike the Texas Heartbeat Act, the new legislation in this mountainous state in the northwestern United States, however, allows exceptions in cases of rape or incest, informs the RFI. Moreover, while in Texas all citizens are invited to report abortion intentions or practices if they witness it, in Idaho, the authorities will only deal with reports made by members of the mother’s family. The reward for custodians further goes up to $20,000, compared to $10,000 in Texas.

In June, the Supreme Court will rule on whether or not to repeal Roe vs. Wade, a federal law that generally allows abortion in the United States until the unborn child is viable – between 24 and 28 weeks pregnant.

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