What to expect ahead of the Idaho Supreme Court abortion hearing

BOISE, Idaho — On their first day back in session, the Idaho Supreme Court is set to hear one of the most consequential court battles in recent memory. Justices will hear arguments from both the State and Planned Parenthood, as the future of women’s reproductive healthcare within the gem state will be fiercely debated.

There are several laws being debated on Thursday, including Idaho’s “trigger abortion ban,” which banned virtually all abortions the moment Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court. A civil enforcement bill that allowed family members to sue medical providers who perform abortions went into effect the same day.

Planned Parenthood is hoping to overturn these highly restrictive abortion laws exactly six weeks after they were enacted.

The non-profit is expected to argue that the “trigger law,” or “total abortion ban” as it’s been referred to, violates the Idaho Constitution’s guarantee of the fundamental right to privacy when it comes to making intimate decisions about familial planning.

Planned Parenthood is expected to remain firm on their argument that forcing women who become pregnant to either carry out that child to term or travel out of state to legally receive reproductive healthcare violates the Idaho Human Right Act’s prohibition against sexual discrimination.

The State is predicted to counter, arguing that the right to an abortion is not within the Idaho Constitution, and courts have never deemed a person’s right on whether or not to have children as a constitutional right.

The hearing will begin at 8:00 a.m. (PST). A ruling is expected to be reached within a few weeks.

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