UPDATE: Idaho Passes Forced Ultrasound Bill Despite Opposition
The Idaho Senate passed a bill that would force all women to undergo a mandatory ultrasound prior to terminating a pregnancy. The bill now moves to the House where it is also expected to pass. The bill then moves to Gov. Otter for signature.
Original post is below.
Another mandatory ultrasound bill is working its way toward a vote, this time in Idaho. And like Alabama and Pennsylvania, legislators appear to be getting cold feet, which means it’s not too late to kill the bill.
Idaho Senator Chuck Winder proposed the bill which forces every woman to undergo a mandatory ultrasound prior to an abortion. And despite the fact that he’s the sponsor, Winder admits he doesn’t have a clue what type of ultrasound his bill mandates nor has he (or any Republicans presumably) given any thought to how women would pay for those ultrasound.
The bill was just cleared out of the judiciary committee on a 7-2 vote despite a clear lack of support from Idahoans and significant concern even among fellow Republicans. Senator Patti Ann Lodge (R) voiced concern that the same politicians who are fighting federal government health care mandates are legislating their very own.
The Senate was set to take up the bill on Friday but got delayed. That said, the bill could be brought up again as early as Monday, March 19th.
But the delay suggests at least a second-thought by Idaho Republicans in pushing a controversial and unnecessary abortion restriction without any clear path of support.
Here is information for legislators in Idaho. Contact them and tell them no to forced ultrasounds.
Photo from World Cant Wait via flickr.