Two Idaho representatives presented a draft bill Tuesday that would call out abortion for what it is: murder.
According to the CDA Press, state Reps. John Green and Heather Scott released their draft of the Idaho Abortion Human Rights Act. The proposed bill would end the exemption for abortion in Idaho’s murder laws. Green and Scott said the abortion exemption is inconsistent with the state constitution’s protection of life and definition of murder.
The bill would repeal part of Idaho’s homicide law that specifically excludes abortion from prosecution. Furthermore, it would forbid the state from joining federal litigation against the law, according to the report.
In Section 18-4001 of the Idaho Code, murder is defined as “the unlawful killing of a human being including, but not limited to, a human embryo or fetus, with malice aforethought or the intentional application of torture to a human being, which results in the death of a human being.”
However, another section of the Idaho Code, Section 18-4016, exempts doctors performing abortions and the women who request them from being prosecuted for murder. The code is inconsistent and the bill would repeal the latter section of the state law, the pro-life lawmakers said.
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“Abortion is, without question, the chief means of depriving unborn Idahoans of the most fundamental of all human rights, which is the right to life,” Green and Scott said. “To accomplish this historic restoration of human rights for the unborn in Idaho, the act simply repeals the prohibition of prosecution for abortion, found in Idaho Code 18-4016 and puts the matter within existing statute for the prosecution of murder, where it clearly belongs.”
The draft bill comes days after Boise’s March for Life, where hundreds of Idahoans gathered at the state capital to protest Roe v. Wade and stand up for unborn babies’ lives.
Idaho has had a recent record of advocating for life. Last March, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter signed into law state House Bill 638, which established a system to better track abortion complications and other related data in Idaho. In the same month, Otter also signed Senate Bill 1243, which updated the state informed consent packet to include information about the new Abortion Pill Reversal technology for women seeking abortions.
Green said he and Scott are working with various committee chairmen to best determine which committee to introduce the bill.