Planned Parenthood, ACLU Sue Idaho Over New Reporting Law on Abortion 'Complications' 

click to enlarge Rebecca Poedy-Gibron, chief operating officer (left) and Hannah Brass Greer, chief legal counsel (right) of PPGNHI - GEORGE PRENTICE
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  • Rebecca Poedy-Gibron, chief operating officer (left) and Hannah Brass Greer, chief legal counsel (right) of PPGNHI
The regional chapter of Planned Parenthood is partnering with the ACLU of Idaho in its fight against an Idaho law that requires new reporting requirements from abortion providers. The 2018 Idaho Legislature passed House Bill 638, which Republican sponsors dubbed the "Abortion Complications Reporting Act," requiring healthcare providers to report more than three dozen new so-called "complications" that have no link to abortion.

"There are things on that list now, such as failure to show up for an appointment or even breast cancer, that have nothing to do with abortion," Hannah Brass Greer, chief legal counsel of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands told Boise Weekly. "These complications that are now required to be reported are, quite often, side effects or aren't even related."

The law, which went into effect July 1, requires abortion providers to also collect personal information about women seeking an abortion, such as age, race, number of children and the number of previous abortions.

"HB 638 is not about patient safety. Abortion care is already incredibly safe. This is another attempt by Idaho politicians to shame and stigmatize people seeking abortion care and to spread the myth that abortion is dangerous," said Greer. "These reporting requirements burden patients and their medical providers, and represent another example of government overreach by Idaho politicians. This law is unconstitutional and should be struck down.”

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S District Court, District of Idaho. PPGNHI is represented by  Deborah Ferguson and Craig Durham with Ferguson Durham, PLLC, and Ritchie Eppink and Molly Kafka with the ACLU of Idaho.
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