Print Friendly

     Idaho Statutes

Idaho Statutes are updated to the website July 1 following the legislative session.


18-617.  CHEMICAL ABORTIONS. (1) As used in this section:
(a)  "Abortifacient" means mifepristone, misoprostol and/or other chemical or drug dispensed with the intent of causing an abortion as defined in section 18-604(1), Idaho Code. Nothing in the definition shall apply when used to treat ectopic pregnancy;
(b)  "Chemical abortion" means the exclusive use of an abortifacient or combination of abortifacients to effect an abortion;
(c)  "Physician" has the same meaning as provided in section 18-604(12), Idaho Code.
(2)  No physician shall give, sell, dispense, administer, prescribe or otherwise provide an abortifacient for the purpose of effecting a chemical abortion unless the physician:
(a)  Has the ability to assess the duration of the pregnancy accurately in accordance with the applicable standard of care for medical practice in the state;
(b)  Has determined, if clinically feasible, that the unborn child to be aborted is within the uterus and not ectopic;
(c)  Has the ability to provide surgical intervention in cases of incomplete abortion or severe bleeding, or, if the physician does not have admitting privileges at a local hospital, has made and documented in the patient’s medical record plans to provide such emergency care through other qualified physicians who have agreed in writing to provide such care;
(d)  Informs the patient that she may need access to medical facilities equipped to provide blood transfusions and resuscitation, if necessary, as a result of or in connection with the abortion procedure on a twenty-four (24) hour basis. If the appropriate medical facility is other than a local hospital emergency room, the physician shall provide the patient with the name, address and telephone number of such facility in writing; and
(e)  Has complied with the informed consent provisions of section 18-609, Idaho Code.
(3)  The physician inducing the abortion, or a person acting on behalf of the physician inducing the abortion, shall make reasonable efforts to ensure that the patient returns for a follow-up visit so that a physician can confirm that the pregnancy has been terminated and assess the patient’s medical condition.

[18-617, added 2015, ch. 270, sec. 2, p. 1123; am. 2017, ch. 242, sec. 2, p. 599; am. 2021, ch. 258, sec. 5, p. 798.]

How current is this law?