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Idaho Backs Down On Transvaginal Ultrasounds, Sort Of

Idaho Backs Down On Transvaginal Ultrasounds, Sort Of

While mandatory ultrasound bills continue to spread like wildfire among states hoping to block a woman’s right to choose, more and more lawmakers are beginning to realize that the “transvaginal” portion of the bill isn’t winning them any ground among their constituents.† Yesterday, Alabama revised their bill to allow a woman to choose what type of ultrasound she would like done prior to obtaining an abortion.† Now, Idaho is removing their transvaginal requirement, too.

According to the Spokesman, “Idaho Senate Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder, R-Meridian, said the original version of his [mandatory ultrasound] bill specifically mentioned that procedure, but he removed it. ‘It didnít require it, but in my opinion it was confusing Ö so we took it out,’ Winder said.”

But critics state that although the word was removed, it’s still essentially a transvaginal mandate. “Sara Kiesler, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, said the measure would still require transvaginal exams, though the explicit reference to the procedure has been excised. ‘By requiring an obstetric ultrasound of the method preferred by the doctor, due to the gestation at which a woman typically has an abortion, this essentially requires a transvaginal ultrasound without calling it out by name.’”

Kiesler is likely right.† Winder’s desire to ensure that “gestational age” is determined prior to an abortion would mean that an internal probe would have to be used if the woman is in the early stages of pregnancy.† But for him, that’s just fine. “I think itís an appropriate thing in this case to do, because youíre trying to determine the developmental stage of the fetus. Ö We feel that the state does have a right to look after that unborn child.Ē

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8:08AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Author Robin: bad choice of words. Alabama still has horrendous bills limiting and/or denying abortion. Your assertion that Alabama women seeking abortion have a "choice of what ultrasound they want". No one "wants" an abortion; women seeking one are in "need" of one for whatever reason.

7:29AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Thank you Idaho in realizing your women do count in their health care. Now on making all states realize this. Thanks for being intelligent.

5:39PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Well, as I live and breathe. You mean Idaho has stopped killing wolves long enough to stand firm on something they SHOULD?

7:37PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Ray C. You are absolutely right about Rush Limbaugh. He is a pathetic excuse for a human being. Hypocrite is too mild a word for him. He attacks little girls and young girls on the air in front of millions of his listeners. He also attacks sick people such as Michael J. Fox when he was waving his fat blubbery arms around making fun of his cerebral palsy. His listeners must be almost as despicable as he is to continue listening to him. No wonder they call them ditto heads. They are so dumb they don't realise that Rush is using his hate to pick their pockets for millions of dollars that the fat man puts in his own pocket.

Rush has even surpassed his own cruelty by calling a young college girl who was speaking out for women's rights, a slut.

10:18AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

it makes me sick that some are making it a religious thing. not all religious people presume to tell everyone how to live. BUT it ALSO makes me sick what these pathetic exceuses of "men" are trying to FORCE upon women. I do not believe in abortion as a whole but if I or another woman was thinking about having an abortion because of health reasons for herself or the baby, or if the pregnancy was because of rape I would be the last person to judge or condemn and would know that my Jesus would have my back wether He agreed with my choice or not, because that is the POWER OF GOD'S LOVE, not some "man" trying to be god like how Lucifer (aka. Satan) tried to be god when he was cast out of the heavens. so if they want to bring religion into the matter let them read this post. and God help us All

3:45AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

What ever happened to democracy?

12:58AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

When will these Republican men go way back into history and pass a law requiring a chastity belt on every unmarried woman? They're circumventing Roe v Wade. How blind are the courts to this. They're discounting women's rights. They're invading a woman's body. They're interfering with the doctor/patient relationship. They're men still living in pre-women's rights days. They think they tell women what to do and the woman does it. They are arrogant. They dress it up as giving women choices, when they weren't even asking for any. They're religious hypocrites. Like Rick Santorum said, "it makes me want to throw up."

11:42PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Do you want your boss to be your bedroom policeman and make your health care decisions when his/her decisions could be used to control his bottom line? A religious or moral ground can be used for nothing more than to save the company money. And you would have no remedy. Suppose the boss says he/she belive the only treatment for cancer is prayer. These so called conservatives/libertarians want "government off your back" and right into a woman's vagina? Does that make sense?

11:26PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

But Rush is great about accountability -- unless it comes to him. He said all illegal drug users should go to prison. Of course, he abused drugs and actually sent his maid out who purchased 10,000 Oxycontin for him. I didn;t see him volunteer to go to jail

Limbaugh spent over a decade calling Clinton "a draft dodger" to avoid the Vietnam War. Somehow he forgot to mention that he used a cyst above his fat ass to to get out of the services during Vietnam. Rush also lied about it. He said he didn't qualify for the services "because of a high school football injury." And he said he never did anything seeking the exemption. He sent a letter to his Draft Board requesting an exemption because of the cyst. Part 3. Remember in 2000 the corporate press ignored that George W. Bush was a complete Schlemiel who had four oil companies, ran each into the ground, was repeatedly bailed out by the Saudis as his father rose to the top of the American ladder, smoked cocain and grass, got into Yale as an affirmative actiotion admission case for the wealthy and well connected, dodged the Vietnam War in the Texas and Alabama National Guard and went went AWOL for a year without consequences. The country has still not recovered from the corporate press failing to report that.

Of course, the partisan Republican majority on the Supreme Court let the Bushistas steal that election by halting the recount and thus blessed the theft.

Ray A. Cohn, retired journalist.

11:23PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

But Rush is great about accountability -- unless it comes to him. He said all illegal drug users should go to prison. Of course, he abused drugs and actually sent his maid out who purchased 10,000 Oxycontin for him. I didn;t see him volunteer to go to jail

Limbaugh spent over a decade calling Clinton "a draft dodger" to avoid the Vietnam War. Somehow he forgot to mention that he used a cyst above his fat ass to to get out of the services during Vietnam. Rush also lied about it. He said he didn't qualify for the services "because of a high school football injury." And he said he never did anything seeking the exemption. He sent a letter to his Draft Board requesting an exemption because of the cyst. The cyst is said to be painful, but it did not prevent Rush's father from serving in World War II.

Please help spread the word. Send e-mails to your friends and relatives. Post on sympathetic websites like this. Fight the right wing spin machine. The real problem is that corporate press does not report these things. Remember in 2000 the corporate press ignored that George W. Bush was a complete Schlemiel who had four oil companies, ran each into the ground, was repeatedly bailed out by the Saudis as his father rose to the top of the American ladder, smoked cocain and grass, got into Yale as an affirmative actiotion admission case for the wealthy and well connected, dodged the Vietnam War in the Texas and Alabama National Guard and went went AWOL for a year without consequen

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