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McGeachin calls on governor to strengthen abortion ban

 
May 9, 2022

In response to news that the U.S. Supreme Court may restore to states their constitutional authority to ban abortion, Idaho Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin is formally calling on Governor Brad Little to convene an extraordinary legislative session for the purpose of passing a more comprehensive abortion ban in Idaho.

"Idaho's abortion trigger law (§ 18-622) is insufficient, containing numerous exceptions and carve-outs," McGeachin wrote in a press release today. "Given the likelihood that states will soon have their Constitutional authority to ban abortion restored, I urge you to convene a special session so that the Legislature can pass a more comprehensive abortion ban in Idaho. It is shameful that Idaho's abortion laws are not the most pro-life in our country. We can and must do better.

"No child should ever be murdered because of the circumstances surrounding his or her conception. Life begins at conception, and such life must be protected with the same legal status afforded to all other people in our state. Any effort to terminate life once conception has occurred must be regarded as legally equivalent to an attempt to take the life of any other Idahoan.

"I strongly believe in the right of each person to make their own personal medical decisions. It is because of this principle — and not in contradiction to it — that I believe every child conceived must be given the opportunity to be born. The most fundamental component of bodily autonomy is the right to life, a right cruelly violated with every act of abortion.

"Regardless of if Governor Little will take a stand to protect life, I will continue my efforts to make Idaho a state where life is fully and unconditionally protected."

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