Judge: Near-total abortion ban in Idaho will not take effect starting at midnight

BOISE, ID. — A federal judge in Boise has handed down a ruling that a near-total ban on abortion will not take effect as originally planned.

The law would ban all abortions, except in cases involving rape or when a woman’s life is in danger.

Judge B. Lynn Winmill suggested earlier in the week that he was likely to follow the Department of Justice’s request to temporarily block the trigger law.

Another law just went into effect last Friday in Idaho, banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

The Judge says he sees a conflict with federal law having to do with emergency treatment at hospitals that only receive Medicare funds. Winmill agrees that abortions, in some cases, are life-saving and cannot be banned.

This means that most abortions will still be illegal in Idaho, with the exception of medical emergencies in Medicare-funded hospitals.

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