Providers in Idaho
Two Planned Parenthood affiliates (networks of clinics) serve Idaho. One is the Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and Northern Idaho, which serves Spokane, Spokane Valley and Pasco, all of which border Idaho. The other affiliate is Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaii, which has clinics in Meridian, Boise and Twin Falls, Idaho.
People from Northern Idaho tend to travel to Eastern Washington and sometimes Oregon to access abortion services. Southern Idaho residents sometimes travel to Oregon or Salt Lake City, Utah for 1st and 2nd trimester abortions.
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Public assistance for abortion
Idaho prohibits public funding for abortion unless the procedure is necessary to preserve the woman's life or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. In cases of rape or incest, a person must provide documentation that the rape or incest was reported to a law enforcement agency. As well, the law requires a copy of court determination of rape or incest or written certification from a physician that the person was unable to report the rape or incest for reasons related to health. Idaho Code 56-209c (Bender, WESTLAW through 2003 Sess.); Idaho Admin. Code 16.03.09.095 (WESTLAW through Aug. 6, 2003).
Historically, very few Idaho residents have been able to use the life or health exception, but clients with Idaho Medicaid can contact Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaii for assistance with this process. To apply for Medicaid, visit the website for Idaho's (http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Default.aspx?TabId=123)[Department of Health and Welfare].
Other options for abortion funding:
- Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaii clinics in Idaho may be able to provide assistance based on income for abortion services.
- Contact the National Abortion Federation for information about financial assistance. People seeking second trimester procedures, and others with extenuating circumstances, may be eligible for funding.
- Idaho restricts private insurance from covering abortions except when abortion is necessary to preserve a woman's life. Coverage may be obtained only if the carrier elects to offer it and an additional premium is paid.
- Idaho has a parental consent law - requiring written consent from one parent. A minor can get a judicial bypass or a medical emergency declaration from a physician, but the physician is required by law to inform the parents after the abortion is performed.
- Idaho has a mandatory 24 hour waiting period where patients are required to receive state-prepared materials that must include: (1) photographs of a fetus and descriptions of its anatomical and physiological characteristics at two-week intervals; (2) a description of services available to assist throughout pregnancy, upon childbirth, and while a child is dependent, including adoption services, and a comprehensive list of public and private agencies providing such services; (3) descriptions of the abortion procedures used at the various stages of pregnancy; and (4) foreseeable risks and complications of the abortion procedures, including those related to subsequent childbearing.
- Idaho does not allow post-viability abortions except in cases of life endangerment of the pregnant person.