EMILYs List Statement on Idaho’s Extreme and Unprecedented Law Surveilling Travel for Health Care
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Gov. Brad Little signed legislation into law in Idaho that makes it illegal for minors to travel out-of-state to get abortion care without parental consent and criminally charges those who help minors cross state lines. Idaho currently has a near-total abortion ban and is now the first state in the country to have a law restricting interstate travel for abortion access. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement in response:
“Ending the constitutional right to control our own bodies and futures wasn’t enough for Republicans. They continue to find new, increasingly cruel ways to end our reproductive freedom and insert government control over our lives–and it’s clear they will not stop until they have banned abortion altogether. We need to be equally diligent in defeating every single one of them at the ballot box.”
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