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Idaho’s HB 242: Law Would Prevent an Adult from Transporting a Minor Within the State to Obtain an Abortion Without Her Parents’ Knowledge

by | Apr 6, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Wednesday, Governor Brad Little of Idaho signed a bill designed to protect minor daughters in the state of Idaho.

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.

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

“We thank Governor Little for signing the bill and protecting minor daughters from those who would deny them the counsel of their parents,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “HB 242 prevents an adult from taking a minor and traveling within the state of Idaho with the intent to obtain an abortion without her parents’ knowledge.”

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 be involved in decisions regarding their daughter’s wellbeing. HB 242 protects that right.”

The text of the bill can be found here.

Categories: State Legislation