“A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a 2011 Idaho law that banned most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, ruling that the measure is unconstitutional.
Idaho is one of at least eight states that have enacted late-term abortion prohibitions in recent years based on controversial medical research suggesting that a fetus feels pain starting at 20 weeks of gestation.
Arkansas became the latest state to enact such a measure on February 28 when its senate overrode a gubernatorial veto of it.
Idaho’s measure made it a felony to perform an abortion after 20 weeks unless there was proof the pregnancy endangered the woman’s life.
Wednesday’s decision by U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill in Pocatello, Idaho, stems from a lawsuit marking one of the first federal court cases challenging such statutes.