Every week, we hear about new attacks on abortion and pregnant people's right to access safe healthcare and self-determination over their bodies. Last week, we scored a victory in that fight with our lawsuit in Idaho. A federal court rejected a motion to dismiss our challenge to an Idaho state law that invalidates a person's advance directive if they are pregnant, paving the way for Legal Voice and co-counsel to proceed with the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of th
We're thrilled to report that yesterday, the U.S. District Court in Idaho agreed that our case challenging the state's law that bans nurse practitioners and other advanced practice clinicians from performing abortions has merit and can proceed. A quick recap: Across the country and in Idaho in particular, a significant percentage of patients now rely on nurse practitioners and physician assistants (collectively known as "advanced practice clinicians" or "APCs"), to meet their
It's no secret: reproductive rights are under attack. From clinic restrictions masquerading as "protections" for pregnant people, to all-out abortion bans, dangerous new laws are cropping up in states across the country.
At the same time, other states are staunchly defending the discriminatory restrictions they already have on the books. That's happening right now in Idaho.
Idaho has a law that requires abortions to be performed exclusively by physicians. But people acros
This is shocking: 95% of Idaho counties do not have an abortion provider. A major reason is that a decades-old Idaho law requires abortions to be performed exclusively by physicians. So while many Idahoans rely on advanced practice clinicians (APCs) – such as nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants – to meet their reproductive health care needs, they are banned from providing abortion care. So we’re demanding change. Today, we partnered with Pl
There has been a recent development in our case against the State of Idaho. We're challenging an Idaho law stating that a person's advance directive—also known as a living will—is void for the duration of their pregnancy and that the state can make decisions about the care that person receives. We are fighting to reclaim Idahoans' rights to make their own decisions about their health care and their bodies, regardless of their gender or ability to become pregnant. But that fig
Newsflash: people do not lose their civil rights when they become pregnant. Yet this is exactly what's at stake when states pass discriminatory laws that harm pregnant people's health, dignity, and autonomy. One such state is right here in our region: Idaho. Today, Legal Voice joined with Compassion & Choices to challenge an Idaho law that denies pregnant people the right to make their own health care decisions. First, the good: Idaho law does recognize that all adults have t
Legal Voice is thrilled to report that today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down several provisions of Idaho's abortion statute as unconstitutional. We filed a friend of the court brief supporting both Jennie Linn McCormack, who was arrested and prosecuted for inducing her own abortion, and a physician who joined the lawsuit challenging the statute. The provisions in McCormack v. Herzog included a ban on abortions after 20 weeks; a requirement that second-trimeste