Idaho to be first state to pass a Fugitive Uterus Act
The fact that some states still reject the core Republican concept that women are second-class citizens is intolerable to most Republicans. And until Republicans can succeed in their ultimate goal of a national ban on abortion, a denial of further privileges and immunities of American citizenship will be required:
Idaho already has some of the most extreme abortion restrictions on the books, with nearly all abortions banned in the state and an affirmative defense law that essentially asserts any doctor who provides an abortion is guilty until proven innocent. And now Idaho Republicans have set their sights on hindering certain residents from traveling out of state to get an abortion.
House Bill 242, which passed through the state House and is likely to move quickly through the Senate, seeks to limit minors’ ability to travel for abortion care without parental consent. The legislation would create a whole new crime — dubbed “abortion trafficking” — which is defined in the bill as an “adult who, with the intent to conceal an abortion from the parents or guardian of a pregnant, unemancipated minor, either procures an abortion … or obtains an abortion-inducing drug” for the minor. “Recruiting, harboring, or transporting the pregnant minor within this state commits the crime of abortion trafficking,” the legislation adds.
Abortion trafficking would be a felony, and those found guilty would face two to five years in prison. The legislation also includes a statute allowing the Idaho attorney general to supersede any local prosecutor’s decision, preemptively thwarting any prosecutor who vows not to enforce such an extreme law.
One of the sickest ideas shared by virtually all Republicans is that is should be harder for teenage girls — including those of an age where any pregnancy is by definition the result of a sexual assault — to obtain an abortion. It’s a very, very bad thing.
…I am beginning to think that Liz Breunig does not understand the contemporary Republican Party:
Idaho — which has a near-total abortion ban in effect — just declined to expand postpartum Medicaid coverage.
From @KelcieMMorris: https://t.co/tD7FxASSYY— Alanna Vagianos (@AlannaVagianos) March 29, 2023