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McCormack v. Hiedeman

McCormack v. Hiedeman

Federal court challenge to an Idaho 1972 criminal abortion restriction and 20-week ban by a woman who was prosecuted under the law for self-inducing an abortion. In August of 2011, the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho 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 9th Circuit Court of Appeals largely affirmed the lower court opinion. 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. Current Status: The state appealed the case to the 9th Circuit, which heard oral arguments in July 2014. (See the law here. See the 2011 district court order here. See the Ninth Circuit opinion here. See the 2013 district court opinion here.)