Supreme courts in two US states have delivered divergent rulings on abortion laws.
In a 3-2 majority decision, the Idaho Supreme Court upheld pro-life laws.
One banned abortions because the Roe v. Wade precedent was overturned last year.
Another banned abortions after six weeks gestation and punished those who carried out termination procedures.
The court ruled the state had a “legitimate interest in protecting pre-natal life in all stages of development.”
“Protecting unborn children and their mothers has been Idaho’s policy for decades, and with one of the strongest pro-life laws in the country, the Gem State is poised to save thousands of lives a year,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion advocacy group Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America.
In South Carolina, the 3-2 majority ruling went the other way.
The Christian Post reports the state’s Supreme Court rejected a proposed ban on abortions from six weeks gestation.
It ruled the law violated South Carolina’s constitutional right to privacy.
The National Right to Life said it was an insult to voters who supported pro-life legislators.
Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America has identified six additional states where the enactment of “total or near total limits on abortion” is contingent upon the outcome of legal challenges: Arizona, Indiana, North Dakota, Ohio, Utah and Wyoming.
It says 15 states including Idaho will soon have “total or near total limits on abortion” in effect while Florida has a 15-week ban in place.
29 states including South Carolina currently have few or no limits on abortions.