Idaho Republican wants to remove rape and incest exceptions from anti-abortion law

Boise, Idaho - Some Idaho Republicans are demanding the state's strict abortion law get even stricter by removing exceptions for rape and incest.

Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin called on Gov. Brad Little to hold a special session to remove rape and incest exceptions from the state's anti-abortion law.
Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin called on Gov. Brad Little to hold a special session to remove rape and incest exceptions from the state's anti-abortion law.  © NATHAN HOWARD / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who is also running for governor, on Monday called on Gov. Brad Little to hold a special legislative session to remove rape and incest as exceptions in the state's restrictive abortion law, the Associated Press reported.

McGeachin, who is endorsed by Donald Trump, said: "It is shameful that Idaho’s abortion laws are not the most pro-life in our country. No child should ever be murdered because of the circumstances surrounding his or her conception."

Idaho's anti-abortion law is set to take effect if Roe v. Wade falls, which looks increasingly likely after the release of a Supreme Court draft opinion at the start of the month.

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Little's campaign has accused McGeachin of using the issue as a political stunt to win over far-right voters ahead of the May 17 primary. Early voting is already underway.

But Little himself has also been rabid about curbing the right to choose. Earlier this year, he signed a separate abortion law modeled after Texas' six-week ban, which would allow private citizens to sue anyone they accuse of involvement in an abortion.

That law is currently not being enforced due to an ongoing lawsuit from the regional branch of Planned Parenthood.

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