Brad Little on Abortion
No state government dollars for funding abortion
Q: Where do you stand on ending funding for Planned Parenthood or other low-income, female reproductive health-care providers?
The issue: Under federal law, Medicaid does not cover abortions. And, Idaho does not allow state money to pay for abortions.
Idaho has no clinics solely dedicated to abortions, but it does have Planned Parenthood offices that provide abortions among a range of female health care services, largely routine. Conservatives in Idaho and nationally have long sought to end public
money to Planned Parenthood because of its abortion services.
Little: "Idaho does not use state government dollars for funding abortion and that will continue while I am governor."
Democratic opponent Paulette Jordan: "For many people in
Idaho, especially women, a Planned Parenthood physician is the only medical provider they visit each year. If we cut funding, we leave thousands of struggling families and individuals without the services they need."
Source: Idaho Statesman on 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial debate
, Feb 25, 2018
Require parental consent for underage abortions
Legislative Summary: S 1082: Parental Consent for Underage Abortions: Amending section 9-340g, Idaho code [section removed on minor consent]: regarding judicial authorization of a minor's consent to an abortion or the performance
of abortion procedures upon a minor who would otherwise have to obtain consent for the procedure from a parent or guardian, in addition to records of any judicial proceedings filed.
Prior law allowed for a minor to petition a court for judicial authorization for an abortion, without parental consent. This new law removes that clause, meaning that minors must get parental consent for an abortion.
Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 23-12-0 on Feb. 26; Sen. Brad Little voted AYE; passed House 53-14-3 on March 16; signed by Gov. Otter on March 27.
Source: Idaho legislative voting records: S 1082
, Mar 16, 2007
Make providing unlicensed abortions a felony, with jail time
Legislative Summary: Amends existing law relating to abortion to revise a public records exemption; to provide for criminal act state of mind; and to provide procedures for obtaining consent for abortions for minors.
Legislative Outcome: Sen. Little voted AYE; passed Senate 23-12-0, Feb. 26; passed House 53-14-3, March 16; signed by Gov. Otter, March 27
Source: Idaho Legislative voting records on S 1082
, Feb 26, 2007
Records of judicial proceedings regarding a minor's consent to an abortion are exempt from disclosure.
An unlicensed person who knowingly provides any drug to any woman, or uses any instrument upon any then-pregnant woman with intent to cause an abortion, shall be guilty of a felony and shall be fined up to $5,000 and/or imprisoned for 2 to 5 years.
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