The Quickie: Idaho House Passes First Ever Bill to Ban Helping Minors Travel for Abortion
For Immediate Release: March 8, 2023
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In today’s Quickie: ID House passes bill to ban helping minors travel for abortion, TX women sue state over life-threatening abortion bans, and catch PP at SXSW this weekend!
IDAHO HOUSE PASSES FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND BILL TO BAN HELPING MINORS TRAVEL FOR ABORTION: Yesterday, the Idaho House passed HB 242, which criminalizes aiding a minor seeking an abortion out of state. What these anti-abortion politicians would establish in state law as “abortion trafficking” could be something as simple as driving a minor to their appointment or helping them look up abortion resources. The cruel bill is designed to have a chilling effect on those who would help young people travel for essential health care.
This is the first bill in the country that would criminalize helping someone get basic health care out of state without parental consent. Even though abortion has been banned in Idaho since the summer, anti-abortion politicians will not stop in their quest to deny basic rights to minors, putting them in dangerous and isolating situations. The Idaho Senate could begin considering the bill as soon as this week.
Read more at Jezebel.
FIVE TEXAS WOMEN SUE STATE OVER LIFE-THREATENING ABORTION BANS: This week, the Center for Reproductive Rights sued the state of Texas on behalf of five Texas women and two Texas doctors, seeking to clarify the vague “medical emergency” exception in the state’s total abortion bans. All five women were denied abortion care despite experiencing dangerous pregnancy complications that threatened their lives, health, and future fertility. The case marks the first time that women have sued a state for being denied abortion care since Roe v. Wade was overturned.
Physicians are often extremely hesitant to provide abortion care even in the most dire circumstances because Texas law threatens providers with prison sentences of up to 99 years and fines of up to $100,000 for illegal abortions.
Read more at the New York Times.
CATCH PP AT SXSW THIS WEEKEND: Join representatives from Planned Parenthood organizations this weekend in Austin at South by Southwest (SXSW) where they will discuss the current state of affairs in sexual and reproductive health.
March 10 & 11, 2023
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March 11, 2023
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March 12, 2023
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