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Idaho Senate Passes HB 242: Bill Would Protect Minor Daughters

Mar 30, 2023 | 2023 Press Releases, Press Releases, Press Room

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the Idaho state Senate passed HB 242 in a vote of 27-7. HB 242 would make it a crime for an adult to transport a pregnant minor within the state of Idaho for the purpose of obtaining an abortion with the intent to conceal the abortion from the parents or guardian of the minor. The bill passed the Idaho House previously and will now head to the governor’s desk.

This law is modeled on a portion of National Right to Life’s post-Dobbs model law to protect unborn children. If signed by the governor, this would be the second law of its kind (Missouri being the first)*, a law that protects minors and parental rights from the trafficking of a pregnant minor within the state of Idaho for the purpose of obtaining an abortion without the parents’ knowledge.

“HB 242 protects parents’ rights to be involved in their minor daughter’s decision,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “No minor daughter should be without her parents’ guidance and HB 242 would protect the right of parents.”

Idaho’s HB 242 would seek to prevent an abortion—whether surgical or procured using abortion drugs—from being performed on a minor without the knowledge of her parents or guardians.

Tobias continued, “Parents have the right to love their daughter and be there for her in her time of need. No one should take that away.”

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of affiliates in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.

*Idaho is the first state to make abortion trafficking of minors illegal and the language is based on the model NRLC drafted in June 2022.  Missouri passed something similar in 2005 that prohibits aiding a minor in getting an abortion without her parents’ consent.