Idaho’s lieutenant governor wants the toughest abortion ban in the US

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Republican Lt. Gov. and gubernatorial candidate Janice McGeachin demanded Monday that GOP Gov. Brad Little call a special legislative session to eliminate rape and incest as legal exceptions to the Idaho abortion law. Idaho.

Idaho’s law will take effect if the US Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade who legalized abortion across the country.

McGeachin is running against Little in the Idaho Republican gubernatorial primary and said in a statement that Idaho’s potential law is insufficient due to numerous exceptions. In addition to rape and incest, it also allows abortion to save the lives of mothers.

“It’s shameful that Idaho’s abortion laws are not the most pro-life in our country,” said McGeachin, who has the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. “No child should be killed because of the circumstances surrounding their conception.”

Little signed the so-called trigger bill in 2020. Earlier this year, she signed another abortion ban inspired by a Texas law that would be enforced through lawsuits to avoid constitutional court challenges.

The latest law is on hold while the Idaho Supreme Court considers a lawsuit by a regional Planned Parenthood group that claims it violates the Idaho Constitution regarding separation of powers.

Little’s office did not immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment on McGeachin’s request for the special legislative session.

Early in-person and mail-in voting is happening now for the May 17 Idaho Republican gubernatorial primary.

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