Idaho's Republican Gov. Brad Little, signed the country's most recent heartbeat law into existence Tuesday, prohibiting the act of abortion from being performed after a baby's pulse is detectable.
"This legislation prohibits abortion procedures when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, with the exceptions included for rape, incest, and life of the mother," the law says. "A detectable heartbeat is a key indicator, in law and medical practice alike, of the existence of life. This legislation becomes effective upon the issuance of any decision upholding a restriction or ban on abortion of a preborn child with a heartbeat by any United States appellate court."
In signing the bill, Little said Idaho "values the most innocent of all lives," and that good people should "never relent" fighting to protect unborn children.
The law was sponsored in the legislature by Republican Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, who pointed to the myriad of services available to women experiencing crisis pregnancies.
"With the availability of compassionate and supportive services and the rights pregnant women have in today's world, a woman can give birth and continue her life goals," Lodge said. "Encouraging life also provides two million families that want to adopt the opportunity to love and raise a child, if the mother chooses adoption."
🔦 Idaho now joins Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, and Tennessee as states that have enacted a heartbeat law.