A new Idaho law that protects unborn babies from being killed in abortions is “extremely cruel,” a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman responded this week.
The billion-dollar abortion chain attacked the heartbeat law and threatened to sue after Gov. Brad Little signed it on Tuesday. If allowed to go into effect, the law could save thousands of unborn babies’ lives.
“Legislation like this is extremely cruel when thinking of the past and the lives that have been lost because of lack of access,” a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman told KREM News 2. “And by not remembering what has happened gives us a chance to repeat that bad history.”
The abortion group also threatened to sue Idaho to block the law from going into effect.
Contrary to what Planned Parenthood claims, pro-life laws save lives and abortions are not health care. Women do not need to abort their unborn babies to be healthy or successful, and former pro-abortion leaders have admitted that their claims about thousands of women dying from illegal, back-alley abortions were made up.
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The Idaho heartbeat law could save thousands of unborn babies’ lives and protect mothers from a lifetime of regret. It passed the state legislature by an overwhelming majority this spring, and a recent poll found strong public support for such measures.
“Idaho is a state that values the most innocent of all lives – the lives of babies. We should never relent in our efforts to protect the lives of the preborn,” the governor said when he signed the law.
Sponsored by state Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, R-Caldwell, and Rep. Steven Harris, R-Meridian, the law prohibits abortions on unborn babies once their heartbeats are detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. Exceptions are allowed for rape, incest or threats to the mother’s life.
“Hundreds and hundreds of babies lose their lives every year in Idaho due to abortion, an absolute tragedy,” Little said. “I appreciate Idaho lawmakers for continuing to protect lives by passing this important legislation, and I am proud to sign the bill into law today.”
Pro-life heartbeat bills also have passed or appear likely to pass in Oklahoma, Texas and South Carolina this year. Arizona lawmakers also introduced a heartbeat bill this spring, but it stalled in the legislature. Other states with heartbeat laws include Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio and Tennessee. However, all of the states have been blocked from enforcing them by court orders.
Polls suggest many Americans support strong protections for unborn babies. A 2019 Hill-HarrisX survey found that 55 percent of voters said they do not think laws banning abortions after six weeks – when an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable – are too restrictive. Gallup polls also consistently have found that a majority of Americans think all or most abortions should be illegal.
Some pro-lifers have renewed hope that the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold an abortion ban and overturn Roe v. Wade. Others, however, are hesitant because of concerns about losing the court battle and being forced to reimburse pro-abortion groups for their legal fees.
Though the high court currently has a conservative majority, Chief Justice John Roberts, who was nominated by a Republican president, has sided with the liberal justices on a number of occasions.
In 1973, the Supreme Court took away the states’ ability to protect unborn babies from abortion under Roe v. Wade, and instead forced states to legalize abortion on demand. Roe made the United States one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks.