Idaho Supreme Court rules that abortion bans will remain in effect during legal battle

BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Supreme Court decided that the state’s strict abortion bans will remain in effect while legal battles over the laws take place.

A doctor and Planned Parenthood asked for the laws to be put on hold until a decision is made on whether the cases should be consolidated. The Supreme Court denied this request.

A ruling that criminalizes performing an abortion in the state of Idaho will take effect on August 25. It allows potential relatives of an embryo to sue abortion providers for up to $20,000 within four years of the abortion.

However, doctors would still be allowed to challenge criminal charges in cases of rape or incest.

Another law prohibiting abortions after six weeks of pregnancy will also take effect on August 19.

Idaho’s abortion law is the subject of a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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