Abortion Restrictions Ruled Unconstitutional In Idaho

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday announced that laws in Idaho restricting women’s access to abortion were unconstitutional and placed an “undue burden” on women seeking to terminate their pregnancies. The ruling out of San Francisco stated specifically that Idaho did not have the right to determine when women could terminate their pregnancies based on which trimester they were in. According to the state laws, first trimester pregnancies in Idaho had to be aborted in a “properly staffed” medical facility, and required the doctor to “make satisfactory arrangements with an acute care hospital in care of complications or emergencies.” Second trimester pregnancies had to be aborted in a hospital. After 20 weeks, all abortions were illegal. The court ruled that all three laws were unconstitutional, noting that the section on first trimester abortions was “unconstitutionally vague.”