Challenge to Idaho 1972 criminal abortion restriction and 20-week ban by woman who was prosecuted under the law for self-inducing an abortion. In August of 2011, the U.S. District Court granted a temporary restraining order enjoining prosecution under the 1972 law, but denied a request for an injunction against the 20-week ban because the woman was not being prosecuted under it. In September 2012, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals largely affirmed the lower court opinion. Current Status: In March 2013, the district court struck down the 20-week ban, as well as several other laws governing abortion, including those criminalizing abortion when not performed by a physician and in a hospital, as unconstitutional. (See the law here. See the 2011 district court order here. See the Ninth Circuit opinion here. See the 2013 district court opinion here.)
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