It’s a mixed-bag, though:  there are exceptions, and it’s not an outright ban.  Let’s consider it a step in the right direction.


Idaho Approves Parental-Involvement Bill

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed a bill into law last week to restore the state’s parental-consent requirement for minors seeking an abortion.

In 2005, federal District Judge Lynn Winmill enjoined the state from enforcing the law, because it lacked an exception for emergencies.

The new law includes an exception if the pregnancy is a result of incest or rape, as well as for medical emergencies. A girl also may petition a court for a judicial bypass.

David Ripley, executive director of Idaho Chooses Life, said with the new emergency clause, he fully expects the law to go unchallenged.

“This is a tremendous victory for the families of Idaho,” he said. “Hopefully the days are past when Planned Parenthood and others can prey upon Idaho’s daughters.”