Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) – Across the United States, people are bracing for the announcement from the United States Supreme Court on whether or not it will strike down Roe V. Wade…maybe as soon as tomorrow. However, some people here in Idaho are showing mixed reactions to the nation’s highest court potentially overturning the ruling that protects women’s choice to have an abortion.
Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land for almost 50 years. However, in May a leaked draft decision, backed by conservative justices, showed the court intended to overturn the landmark decision. Here in Idaho, State Rep. Ilana Rubel wonders if the people of Idaho want Roe v Wade overthrown.
“I think a lot of Idahoans would like to see fewer abortions, but they don’t think the government’s heavy hand and banning it, and forcing women to have unwanted pregnancies, is the answer,” Rubel said.
In 2021, Idaho passed a law that prohibits abortion once a fetal heart rate is detected with the exception of incest rape and the life of the mother threatened. In 2022, the law was amended to add private enforcement mechanisms against medical professionals who perform illegal abortions. The law and its amendments would be triggered with the overturning of Roe v Wade.
“I don’t believe we (a country) have a moment to overturn the Roe decision just because we have conservative judges. I believe it is a kindness of God,” Twin Falls pastor Paul Thompson said.
Thompson is a pro-life supporter and to many has advocated for Twin Falls to be a sanctuary town for unborn children, but he doesn’t believe abortion regulation is the answer for Idaho. Also, he doesn’t think Roe v Wade will stop abortions, because people will just flee to states where abortions are legal.
“Exactly right, abolishing abortion is the only way to reduce abortion. I’ll be happy if it can actually limit the number of abortions in our city or state,” Thompson said.
According to the Department of Health and Wellness, nearly 1,700 abortions were performed in Idaho in 2020, the highest in 10 years. Rubel wonders if Idaho has the infrastructure in place and is prepared, if and when Roe v Wade is knocked down.
“I think Idaho has long been one of the least family-friendly states. We are only one of four states that does not have preschool education, we have terrible access to child care. It’s really hitting critical points,” Rubel said.
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