In a string of pro-life bills signed over the past week, governors from Idaho, Oklahoma, and Montana took steps to greater protect pre-born babies across the nation. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed three, including legislation that bans abortion procedures after a fetal heartbeat is detected. If a doctor fails to comply with the new law, they could be charged with homicide. “We want to be the most pro-life state in the country, and I want to be the most pro-life governor,” Gov. Stitt stated. Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed a similar bill – which “will go into effect only if a federal appeals court upholds another heartbeat ban” – and Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte also signed three, including one which bans abortions after 20 weeks in order to “protect fetuses capable of feeling pain.”

    “Idaho is a state that values the most innocent of all lives – the lives of babies. We should never relent in our efforts to protect the lives of the preborn.”

    Brad Little, Governor of Idaho State


    The Left condemns the bills, arguing that they are an assault on women’s freedom and healthcare. “These extreme bills are designed to cut off abortion access for people in Oklahoma — a state that already has more abortion restrictions than almost any other state,” stated Elisabeth Smith, the chief council for state policy at the Center for Reproductive Rights. CNN’s Caroline Kelly wrote that the bills send “a sweeping message that the state-level fight over access to the procedure is far from over.” Gloria Pedro, a regional manager for Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes, said, “When [the Legislature] should be working on expanding health care for Oklahomans, they are trying to deny health care and it’s just cruel and unnecessary.”

    “These bills represent the worst kind of government overreach — placing the government between patients and the medical care they deserve. Republicans have plowed ahead despite clear warning that the bills are unconstitutional and will be challenged in court.”

    Caitlin Borgmann, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana


    The Right celebrates the bills. “We are proud that Idaho can be added to the list of pro-life states leading the charge in offering legal protection for our youngest and most defenseless residents,” said the Family Policy Alliance of Idaho in a statement. Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway (R-MT) noted, “We have waited 48 years to see our governor in Montana sign this bill.”

    “Our most basic human right is the right to life. I applaud @GovernorLittle & the Idaho State Legislature for passing this bill into law to preserve unborn life & protect those who cannot protect themselves.”

    Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID)
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