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Pocatello Woman Cannot Challenge Fetal Pain Law


(BOISE, ID)  –  A Pocatello woman suing the state over it’s “fetal pain” abortion law has no standing to challenge it.  The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Jennie McCormack can’t fight the law because she wasn’t charged under it. McCormack is the first person in the nation to challenge bans on abortions after 20 weeks based on the premise that the further-developed fetus can feel pain. Idaho is one of several states with fetal pain laws in place. However, the court ruled that Idaho’s ban on medication-induced abortions may be unconstitutional.

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