Planned Parenthood Statement on Idaho Chambers Passing Extreme Abortion Ban
For Immediate Release: April 16, 2021 (Updated: April 16, 2021, 1:30 p.m.)
BOISE — Today, the Idaho House of Representatives passed HB 366 — previously SB 1183 — a bill that would prevent a person from obtaining an abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. This is before many people even know they are pregnant. This extremist legislation passed in a vote of 53-16-1.
As a leading provider of sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion, Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates (PPAA) opposes this bill.
Statement from Mistie DelliCarpini-Tolman, Idaho State Director for PPAA:
“Today marks yet another great failure for the Idaho legislature, which refused to listen to common-sense arguments against an extreme bill and opted instead to push radical ideologies while ignoring the most pressing issues facing Idahoans.
“It is clear that Idaho’s legislature does not actually value freedom or bodily autonomy, does not care about re-traumatizing victims of rape and incest, and does not care about wasting taxpayer dollars. Lawmakers admitted this bill attempts to supercede the Supreme Court precedent by trying to make abortion illegal before SCOTUS makes a decision on attacks against Roe v. Wade.
“Health care decisions should be made between a patient and their provider — without government interference. Let’s be clear: This bill is unconstitutional, and should it become law, there will be a lawsuit filed to stop its enactment.
“We urge Governor Little to veto this bad piece of legislation, for the good of all Idahoans.”
Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates, Serving AK, HI, ID, IN, KY, WA (PPAA) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization educating residents and policymakers about reproductive health issues in Alaska, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky and Washington. PPAA lobbies and educates to advance Planned Parenthood's mission, and engages in limited electoral activities.