Idaho bill would outlaw abortion if Roe v. Wade is reversed

Republican Idaho lawmakers have introduced legislation to make abortion a crime in Idaho should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, the ruling establishing abortion rights nationwide. The Senate State Affairs Committee today (MON) gave the OK for a potential hearing on the measure. GOP Senator Todd Lakey says the bill contains exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother, while criminal punishment would apply to the person performing the abortion, not the woman. A potential reversal of Roe would mean abortion policy would revert to the states, and Lakey says the legislation would position Idaho to impose a ban. President Donald Trump has appointed two conservative judges to the U.S. Supreme Court, and there’s speculation the court has the potential to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. (AP)