Idaho Physician Physical Presence and Women Protection Act (H 154)
This law was last updated on Feb 27, 2015
H 154 prohibits dispensing abortion-inducing drugs unless the physician:
- Has the ability to assess the duration of the pregnancy accurately in accordance with the applicable standard of care for medical practice in the state;
- Has determined that the pregnancy is not ectopic;
- Has the ability to provide surgical intervention;
- Is able to assure patient access to medical facilities equipped to provide blood transfusions and resuscitation, if necessary on a twenty-four (24) hour basis;
- Has examined in person the woman to whom the abortifacient is administered to determine the medical appropriateness of such administration and has determined that the abortifacient is sufficiently safe for use in the gestational age at which it will be administered; and
- Has complied with Idaho’s informed consent provisions (Idaho Code § 18-609.)
The bill also requires the physician or person acting on behalf of the physician to make reasonable efforts to ensure that the patient returns for a follow-up visit.
This bill does not outright ban telemedicine abortion, but the proposed restrictions would make providing telemedicine abortion care virtually impossible.
Passed and signed into law by the Governor.
Similar to H 88, which is also under consideration in 2015.