Governor Brad Little has signed HB302 into Idaho law. This legislation is the first-ever bill considered by the Legislature to address the epidemic of abortions among babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Some studies have projected that as many as 90% of Downs babies are being killed in the womb.
The bill is truly about the very least among us.
HB302 seeks to slow this tragedy by requiring the Department of Health & Welfare to include specific information about Down Syndrome in the state’s Informed Consent Booklet. This literature is provided to women and girls considering abortion as part of the mandatory 24-hour waiting period in Idaho law.
Hopefully churches, pregnancy centers and other ministries will reach out to the Department to get their contact information included in booklet.
We are betting that this modest legislation will have an outsized impact on the destruction of Downs babies, because most women facing this diagnosis were not previously abortion-minded. Under pressure, fear and misinformation, women are being led into believing that these special babies are an unbearable burden, with little chance for a meaningful life.
Not only do we wish to thank Governor Little for his support, but there are a few heroes who stepped-up big time this session to ensure that this legislation got done. Reps. Randy Armstrong and Kevin Andrus were critical supporters as the legislation was being developed. And Senator Kevin Cook took the lead in ensuring that the legislation passed the Idaho Senate.
There is much more work that needs to be done in this area. But this is a solid beginning.