My State’s Texas-Style Abortion Ban Is Terrible, Idaho GOP Guv Declares As He Signs Ban Into Law

Gov. Brad Little issues a statewide stay-at-home order to further prevent spread of coronavirus COVID-19 at a press conference on March 25, 2020 in Boise, Idaho. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/TNS)

On Wednesday, Idaho became the first state to follow Texas’ lead on banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy with a private lawsuit enforcement mechanism that awards thousands of dollars to private citizens who snitch on abortion providers.

Idaho’s bounty-hunter style enforcement model is a bit more limited than Texas in that only family members of the so-called “preborn child” can file a lawsuit. But that means if a pregnancy occurred through rape, the rapist’s relatives can sue.

With all that in mind, Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) signed the ban on Wednesday, but rest assured, he knows the law is an absolute nightmare and he really doesn’t like it, you guys.