State of Idaho Archives: on Abortion


Brad Little: No state government dollars for funding abortion

Q: Where do you stand on ending funding for Planned Parenthood or other low-income, female reproductive health-care providers?

The issue: Under federal law, Medicaid does not cover abortions. And, Idaho does not allow state money to pay for abortions. Idaho has no clinics solely dedicated to abortions, but it does have Planned Parenthood offices that provide abortions among a range of female health care services, largely routine. Conservatives in Idaho and nationally have long sought to end public money to Planned Parenthood because of its abortion services.

Little: "Idaho does not use state government dollars for funding abortion and that will continue while I am governor."

Democratic opponent Paulette Jordan: "For many people in Idaho, especially women, a Planned Parenthood physician is the only medical provider they visit each year. If we cut funding, we leave thousands of struggling families and individuals without the services they need."

Source: Idaho Statesman on 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial debate Feb 25, 2018

Paulette Jordan: Planned Parenthoods value is more than reproductive care

Q: Where do you stand on ending funding for Planned Parenthood or other reproductive health-care providers?

The issue: Idaho does not allow state money to pay for abortions. Idaho has Planned Parenthood offices that provide abortions among a range of female health care services.

Jordan: "Planned Parenthood serves more than 7,000 Idahoans each year, and its services are essential. In addition to reproductive healthcare, Planned Parenthood provides cancer screenings to patients on a sliding cost scale, regardless of their ability to pay. For many people in Idaho, especially women, without sufficient healthcare coverage, a Planned Parenthood physician is the only medical provider they visit each year. If we cut funding to Planned Parenthood, we leave thousands of struggling families and individuals without the services they need to manage their own health."

Lt. Gov. Brad Little: "Idaho does not use state government dollars for funding abortion and that will continue while I am governor."

Source: Idaho Statesman on 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial debate Feb 25, 2018

Tommy Ahlquist: Tax dollars should not go to Planned Parenthood

Q: Where do you stand on ending funding for Planned Parenthood or other low-income, female reproductive health-care providers?

The issue: Under federal law, Medicaid does not cover abortions. And, Idaho does not allow state money to pay for abortions. Idaho has no clinics solely dedicated to abortions, but it does have Planned Parenthood offices that provide abortions among a range of female health care services, largely routine. Conservatives in Idaho and nationally have long sought to end public money to Planned Parenthood because of its abortion services.

Ahlquist: "Tax dollars should not go to Planned Parenthood or clinics that are providing abortions. There are great clinics and amazing services that provide low-income female reproductive health care that don't also participate in abortions."

Source: Idaho Statesman on 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial debate Feb 25, 2018

Tommy Ahlquist: A strong voice for the unborn: life is a gift from God

As a father and a doctor, Tommy believes that life is a gift from God. Tommy will always defend the sanctity of life. As our governor, we can count on him to always be a strong voice for the unborn.
Source: 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial website TommyForIdaho.com Aug 8, 2017

Nels Mitchell: Support woman's right to make her own health decisions

I support fairness and equality in the workplace, and I support a woman's right to make her own health care decisions. I also support the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Jim Risch voted against reauthorization of VAWA. I would have voted for it.
Source: 2014 Idaho Senate campaign website, NelsMitchellForIdaho.com Jul 1, 2014

Raul Labrador: Protect and defend innocent human life

Raul Labrador has a perfect pro-life voting record in the Idaho Legislature and will always vote to protect and defend innocent human life.

Raul has been endorsed by Idaho Chooses Life and National Right to Life. His opponent has received contributions from Planned Parenthood.

Raul is the only candidate for Congress who has effectively advocated for strengthening families and the rights of the unborn.

Source: 2010 House campaign website, labrador4idaho.com, "Issues" Nov 2, 2010

Tom Sullivan: Decision by an individual based upon their faith

Q: Do you consider yourself pro-choice?

A: Yes.

Q: Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?

A: Yes.

Q: Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?

A: Yes.

Q: Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?

A: Yes.

Sullivan adds, "Abortion is a difficult and painful decision for a woman to make. It is a decision only she can make, based on the dictates of her own conscience and faith, not on the dictate's of someone else's. But except under exceptional circumstances, such as rape, incest or danger to her health, she should make that decision as early as she can, so she is not aborting a fetus that is increasingly becoming more like a person. Difficult decisions should be made by an individual based upon their faith. Government should not step into people's private lives."

Source: Idaho Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 9, 2010

Butch Otter: Make providing unlicensed abortions a felony, with jail time

Legislative Summary: Amends existing law relating to abortion to revise a public records exemption; to provide for criminal act state of mind; and to provide procedures for obtaining consent for abortions for minors.Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 23-12-0, Feb. 26; passed House 53-14-3, March 16; signed by Gov. Otter, March 27
Source: Idaho Legislative voting records on S 1082 Mar 27, 2007

Butch Otter: Require parental consent for underage abortions

Legislative Summary: S 1082: Parental Consent for Underage Abortions: Amending section 9-340g, Idaho code [section removed on minor consent]: regarding judicial authorization of a minor's consent to an abortion or the performance of abortion procedures upon a minor who would otherwise have to obtain consent for the procedure from a parent or guardian, in addition to records of any judicial proceedings filed.

OnTheIssues Interpretation: Prior law allowed for a minor to petition a court for judicial authorization for an abortion, without parental consent. This new law removes that clause, meaning that minors must get parental consent for an abortion.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 23-12-0 on Feb. 26; passed House 53-14-3 on March 16; signed by Gov. Otter on March 27.

Source: Idaho legislative voting records: S 1082 Mar 27, 2007

Brad Little: Require parental consent for underage abortions

Legislative Summary: S 1082: Parental Consent for Underage Abortions: Amending section 9-340g, Idaho code [section removed on minor consent]: regarding judicial authorization of a minor's consent to an abortion or the performance of abortion procedures upon a minor who would otherwise have to obtain consent for the procedure from a parent or guardian, in addition to records of any judicial proceedings filed.

OnTheIssues Interpretation: Prior law allowed for a minor to petition a court for judicial authorization for an abortion, without parental consent. This new law removes that clause, meaning that minors must get parental consent for an abortion.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 23-12-0 on Feb. 26; Sen. Brad Little voted AYE; passed House 53-14-3 on March 16; signed by Gov. Otter on March 27.

Source: Idaho legislative voting records: S 1082 Mar 16, 2007

Brad Little: Make providing unlicensed abortions a felony, with jail time

Legislative Summary: Amends existing law relating to abortion to revise a public records exemption; to provide for criminal act state of mind; and to provide procedures for obtaining consent for abortions for minors.Legislative Outcome: Sen. Little voted AYE; passed Senate 23-12-0, Feb. 26; passed House 53-14-3, March 16; signed by Gov. Otter, March 27
Source: Idaho Legislative voting records on S 1082 Feb 26, 2007

Raul Labrador: Require parental consent for underage abortions

Legislative Summary: S 1082: Parental Consent for Underage Abortions: Amending section 9-340g, Idaho code [section removed on minor consent]: regarding judicial authorization of a minor's consent to an abortion or the performance of abortion procedures upon a minor who would otherwise have to obtain consent for the procedure from a parent or guardian, in addition to records of any judicial proceedings filed.

OnTheIssues Interpretation: Prior law allowed for a minor to petition a court for judicial authorization for an abortion, without parental consent. This new law removes that clause, meaning that minors must get parental consent for an abortion.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 23-12-0 on Feb. 26; passed House 53-14-3 on March 16; Rep. Ral Labrador voted AYE; signed by Gov. Otter on March 27.

Source: Idaho legislative voting records: S 1082 Feb 26, 2007

Russ Fulcher: Make providing unlicensed abortions a felony, with jail time

Legislative Summary: Amends existing law relating to abortion to revise a public records exemption; to provide for criminal act state of mind; and to provide procedures for obtaining consent for abortions for minors.Legislative Outcome: Sen. Fulcher voted AYE; passed Senate 23-12-0, Feb. 26; passed House 53-14-3, March 16; signed by Gov. Otter, March 27
Source: Idaho Legislative voting records on S 1082 Feb 26, 2007

Russ Fulcher: Require parental consent for underage abortions

Legislative Summary: S 1082: Parental Consent for Underage Abortions: Amending section 9-340g, Idaho code [section removed on minor consent]: regarding judicial authorization of a minor's consent to an abortion or the performance of abortion procedures upon a minor who would otherwise have to obtain consent for the procedure from a parent or guardian, in addition to records of any judicial proceedings filed.

OnTheIssues Interpretation: Prior law allowed for a minor to petition a court for judicial authorization for an abortion, without parental consent. This new law removes that clause, meaning that minors must get parental consent for an abortion.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 23-12-0 on Feb. 26; Sen. Russ Fulcher voted AYE; passed House 53-14-3 on March 16; signed by Gov. Otter on March 27.

Source: Idaho legislative voting records: S 1082 Feb 26, 2007

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