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Brad Little speaks at a White House event with Mike Pence in 2020. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)

Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) signed a bill into law on Tuesday banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Why it matters: Fetal heartbeats can be observed as early as six weeks into pregnancy, before many women even know they are pregnant, per AP.

Of note: "The bill contains a 'trigger provision,' which means it wouldn’t go into effect unless a federal appeals court somewhere in the country upholds similar legislation from another state," AP writes.

The big picture: The law states that doctors who perform abortion procedures after a fetal heartbeat is audible could face up to five years in prison.

  • It does allow for exceptions in cases of rape, incest or medical emergency.
  • But, but, but: The exceptions may only be applied if "the woman has reported the act of rape or incest to a law enforcement agency and provided a copy of such report to the physician."
  • Idaho law does not allow police reports to be released during active investigations, per AP.

What they're saying: Planned Parenthood tweeted after Little signed the measure on Tuesday, saying: "Let's be clear: Nothing changes today or in the future. Abortion is still legal in Idaho, even after six weeks."

  • "This is a trigger law that would ONLY begin IF a similar ban is upheld in a separate court. And, of course, we'll sue to stop it then."

Zoom out: Other states are pursuing similar legislation.

  • Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) signed several abortion-related bills on onday, including one stating that doctors who perform abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected can be charged with homicide, The Hill reported.

Go deeper

12 Republican governors ask Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade

Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Twelve Republican governors on Thursday filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, which set a precedent for the constitutional right to abortion.

Why it matters: The governors were writing in support of an upcoming case concerning Mississippi's law that bans the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Scoop: U.S. and Israel to form team to solve consulate dispute

Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (right) meet in Washington. Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. and Israel are planning to form a joint team to hold discreet negotiations on the reopening of the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, Israeli officials say.

Why it matters: The consulate handled relations with the Palestinians for 25 years before being shut down by then President Donald Trump in 2019. Senior officials in Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's government see the consulate issue as a political hot potato that could destabilize their unwieldy coalition.

Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to Parkland school shooting

Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz at the defense table during jury selection at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Oct. 6, 2021. Photo: Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Nikolas Cruz on Wednesday pleaded guilty on all counts for carrying out the 2018 shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead, including 14 students and three staff members.

Driving the news: Cruz, 23, pleaded guilty at a hearing on Wednesday to 17 murder counts and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder for carrying out the deadly shooting.