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Abortion guidance banned at Idaho universities

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; CREDIT KXLY; NO ACCESS SPOKANE, NO USE BY US BROADCAST NETWORKSKXLY – NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; CREDIT KXLY; NO ACCESS SPOKANE, NO USE BY US BROADCAST NETWORKSMoscow, Idaho – 27 September 2022HEADLINE: Abortion guidance banned at Idaho universities1. Shot of exterior of University of Idaho2. SOUNDBITE (English): Elise Vonbargen, student:"People preach like abstinence when that doesn't really work and people do that and saying that you can't isn't going to stop you from doing it, just makes it more unsafe."++WHITE FLASH++4. SOUNDBITE (English): Allison Mahieu, student:"I think it's pretty absurd to do that on a college campus and it's not safe." 5. Various shots of University of Idaho exteriorsANNOTATION: Idaho universities are warning staffers not to refer students to abortion providers or emergency contraception.ANNOTATION: They could face criminal charges under a state law. One school also says employees shouldn't tell students how to get birth control.ANNOTATION: It's the latest restriction in a state that already holds some of the strictest abortion laws in the nation.STORYLINE:Public universities in Idaho are warning staffers not to refer students to abortion providers or tell them how to get emergency contraception because they could be charged with a felony, and one is barring employees from recommending birth control, as well.The guidance from the University of Idaho and Boise State University forms the latest restrictions in a state that already has some of the nation's strictest abortion laws."This is going to have a very broad impact. It's going to have a very strong chilling effect on free speech," said Mike Satz, an attorney and former faculty member and interim dean at the University of Idaho's College of Law. "I'm afraid it's going to scare people from going to school here or sending their kids to school at Idaho institutions."The prohibition against referring students or "promoting" abortion in any way comes from the No Public Funds for Abortion Act, a law passed by Idaho's Republican-led Legislature in 2021. Boise State, like the University of Idaho, told faculty members in a newsletter this month that they could face felony charges for violating the law. Idaho State did not respond to phone messages from The Associated Press asking if it had issued similar guidance.The law also bars staffers and school-based health clinics from dispensing or telling students where to obtain emergency contraception except in cases of rape. Such drugs prevent pregnancy from occurring and do not work when someone is already pregnant.The University of Idaho's guidance goes a step further, also warning employees about a pre-statehood law written in 1867. It prohibits dispensing or "advertising" abortion services and birth control — leading to UI's advice that condoms be distributed only to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, not to prevent pregnancy. Lawmakers last updated the law in 1974, roughly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court said in Roe v. Wade that women have the right to abortion.But now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned, state agencies are trying to navigate a morass of tangled reproductive health care laws.It's not yet clear how the the law barring "advertising or promoting" abortion and birth control services could affect students or other state employees who may use state-owned computers or wireless networks to share information on social media.Scott Graf, a spokesperson for Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, said his office planned an internal call Tuesday to discuss the guidance and abortion laws.Jodi Walker, spokesperson for UI, said that the university follows all laws and that school officials were still "working through some of the details.""This is a challenging law for many and has real ramifications for individuals in that it calls for individual criminal prosecution," she said of the public funds law.Abortion can still be discussed as a policy issue in classrooms, Walker said, but the university recommends that the employees in charge of the class "remain neutral or risk violating this law.""We support our students and employees, as well as academic freedom, but understand the need to work within the laws set out by our state," she said.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.

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