For Immediate Release: March 24, 2022
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Idaho Enacts Texas-Style Abortion Ban, California Proposes “Abortion Tourism” Subsidies
Washington, D.C.: “Headlines from the American west this week may have given whiplash to some readers as two states moved forward with radically different policies on abortion,” said Phyllis Schlafly Eagles President Ed Martin. “Idaho Governor Brad Little signed a new law styled after the Texas Heartbeat Law, which bans abortions after a heartbeat is detected. The key component of that law is that it prescribes enforcement by citizens and civil lawsuits rather than action from state officers. California state Senators, on the other hand, introduced a bill to subsidize abortions with tax dollars for both low-income Californians and out-of-state residents.
“The California news is really quite shocking, even from such a blue state. SB 1142 would essentially create an abortion tourism industry, using taxpayer money to entice visitors into visiting the Golden State for a cheaper chance to kill your child! It’s revolting. Even liberal Democrats should be mortified at the optics of such a law.”
“Idaho, however, has seized a wonderful opportunity to protect the dignity of human life,” Martin continued. “Texas’s battle to protect their Heartbeat Law is proving that defending pro-life state measures against activist judges can be done! Idaho is stepping forward in the fight for life! Bravo to the legislature for passing it with strong majorities and good for Gov. Little in signing the bill into law.
“Too often, the radical left will stop at nothing to kill children up to even the moments after birth. Also too often, conservatives shy away from a bold legal defense of unborn human life. Any law that protects life is one worth fighting for. Don’t stop at the middle ground! Time for more states to be bold like Texas and Idaho and stand up for the rights of their most vulnerable citizens.”