(1) Prohibited acts. Any physician who knowingly performs a partial-birth abortion and thereby kills a human fetus shall be subject to the penalties imposed in section 18-605, Idaho Code. This section shall not apply to partial-birth abortions necessary to save the life of the mother when her life is endangered by a physical disorder, illness or injury.
(2) Definitions. As used in this section:
(a) “Partial-birth abortion” means an abortion in which the person performing the abortion partially vaginally delivers a living fetus before killing the fetus and completing the delivery.
(b) The phrase “vaginally delivers a living fetus before killing the fetus” means deliberately and intentionally delivering into the vagina a living fetus, or a substantial portion of the fetus, for the purpose of performing a procedure the physician knows will kill the fetus, and which kills the fetus.
(c) “Physician” has the same meaning provided in section 18-604, Idaho Code. However, any individual who is not a physician or not otherwise legally authorized by this state to perform abortions, but who nevertheless directly performs a partial-birth abortion, shall be subject to the prohibitions described in this section.
(3) (a) Civil actions. The father of the aborted fetus, if married to the mother of the aborted fetus at the time of the abortion; or the maternal grandparents of the aborted fetus, if the mother is not at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of the abortion, may bring a civil action against the defendant physician to obtain appropriate relief. Provided however, that a civil action by the plaintiff father is barred if the pregnancy resulted from criminal conduct by the plaintiff father or he consented to the abortion. Further, a civil action by the plaintiff maternal grandparents is barred if the pregnancy is the result of criminal conduct by a maternal grandparent or a maternal grandparent consented to the abortion.
(b) As used in this section, “appropriate relief” shall include:
(i) Money damages for all mental and physical injuries suffered by the plaintiff as a result of the abortion performed in violation of this section;
(ii) Money damages equal to three (3) times the cost of performing the abortion procedure.
(4) (a) Hearing. A physician accused of violating this section may request a hearing before the state board of medicine to determine whether the mother’s life was endangered by a physical disorder, illness or injury and therefor whether performing the abortion was necessary to save the mother’s life.
(b) The findings of the board of medicine regarding the issues described in subsection (4)(a) of this section are admissible at the criminal and civil trials of the defendant physician. Upon a motion by the defendant physician, the court shall delay the beginning of the criminal and civil trials for not more than thirty (30) days to permit the hearing to take place.
Terms Used In Idaho Code 18-613
- damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
- defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
- plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
(5) Immunity. A woman upon whom a partial-birth abortion is performed shall not be prosecuted for violations of this section, for conspiracy to violate this section, or for violations of section 18-603, 18-605 or 18-606, Idaho Code, in regard to the partial-birth abortion performed.