Otter Signs 20-Week Abortion Ban into Law


Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed into law today a bill banning elective abortions in Idaho after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

"This was the right thing to do," Otter said. "I have been a right-to-life candidate in government all my life."

Sponsors of the measure, which easily cleared the Idaho legislature earlier this month, linked it to controversial medical research suggesting the unborn feel pain starting at 20 weeks of fetal development.

"The premise of this bill is not a scientifically accepted fact," countered Marty Durand, attorney for Planned Parenthood.

The measure concedes one exception: if the mother's life is at risk. There are no exceptions in the case of rape or incest.