The Idaho Senate Tuesday passed a measure that would outlaw nearly all abortions in Idaho by banning them once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
The bill, which has already passed the House, cleared the Senate by a vote of 25-7 and now heads to the governor’s desk.
CBS2 reports the legislation makes providing an abortion to a woman whose embryo has detectible cardiac activity punishable by up to five years in prison, and it would allow the woman who receives the abortion to sue the provider.
It contains a “trigger provision,” which means it would not go into effect unless a federal appeals court somewhere in the country upholds similar legislation from another state. Similar bills have been passed in several other states, and some are already being litigated. .