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Guest Post: Governor Butch Otter Signs Bill into Law

April 11th, 2008 by Halli

From David Ripley, Idaho Chooses Life

It is an historic, if modest, step forward.We believe Idaho is the first state in the Union to specifically recognize the crime of abortion coercion. What makes this new law modest is the very narrow scope of proscribed behavior – largely physical assault or threats of physical assault designed to force a woman into choosing abortion. By definition, such action would only be criminal if the woman or girl wanted to keep her baby. That is part of what makes the law historic.

But the new law also provides for a civil right of action. A woman or girl wronged by a predator or abusive partner would not have to wait upon the mercies of some prosecuting attorney to seek justice – even after an abortion. In fact, the language of the law allows a woman to seek civil damages even if she doesn’t undergo an abortion. This is undoubtedly progress. And we thank Governor Otter for his support of this bill.

We also thank Rep. Bob Nonini- who labored with us for some two years to obtain basic protections for women wanting to keep their babies. Many other legislators, including Sen. Monty Pearce, Sen. Russ Fulcher, Rep. Lynn Luker, Sen. Bart Davis, Rep. Mike Moyle and Speaker of the House Lawerence Denney also played critical roles in advancing this legislation.

And thanks to you – the many pro-Lifers across Idaho who carried us, sustained us with prayer and made the phone calls necessary to a victory such as this.

But most of all, let’s give thanks to the Lord whose battle this is.

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Posted in Family Matters, Guest Posts, Idaho Legislature, Idaho Pro-Life Issues | 2 Comments »

2 Responses

  1. Joan E. Harman Says:

    Not once had I heard of abortions being “coerced” in the state of Idaho. But I have seen plenty of attempts to “coerce” women to have their children.

    Plenty of pregnant women come into the store where I work and are asking about maternity clothing. Plenty of women run about with tiny children looking for baby clothing. Plenty of doting grandparents buy baby clothing for the up and coming child birth. So there is no question that not only do women want their children here in this state, but at the same time, no one is giving me or any other sales clerk a sob story over a relative being “forced” to have an abortion. I find the law to be useless on its face.

  2. Katrina Says:

    No offense, Joan, but your evidence is hardly compelling. I doubt that anyone in such a dire home situation that they are being forced to have an abortion is walking around spilling their troubles to store clerks. On the contrary, coerced abortions often occur in an attempt to cover up the crimes of the person doing the coercing, such as sexual abuse, incest, or rape. Victims of such crimes are unlikely to come forward or share their stories with strangers.

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