Idaho doctor-lawyer fights fetal pain abortion law

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 2:53 PM

BOISE -- The first challenge to the constitutionality of so-called fetal pain anti-abortion laws enacted in several states has come from an unlikely place. So has the second.

Rick Hearn, the lawyer in the center of this fight, represents an Idaho woman challenging her state's abortion laws in an effort to avoid future prosecution.

The same Rick Hearn, who also is a physician, is attempting to jump into the case as a plaintiff using his status as a doctor in an effort to make sure that if the case is successful, it applies broadly enough to get his client off the hook for good.

More than a half-dozen states, including Arizona and Georgia this month, have banned abortion after more than four months of pregnancy, citing research suggesting a fetus can feel pain at about 20 weeks.

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