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.

You can contact Gov. Otter via Facebook or Twitter and tell him what you think about forcing women to under mandatory ultrasounds and to veto this intrusion into women’s medical care.

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.

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Beverly Johnson
Beverly J6 years ago

Have you heard that if you put a frog in a pan of water and slowly heat the water till it's boiling, the frog wont move because the changes are so gradual that he cant detect that he's being cooked. Thats the common masses out there. They are that frog. It seems trends are changing. The poor economy and everything else awry in the world is gradually moving trends and thinking toward a dangerous, strictly controlled culture based on fear. Look at the big picture. Where do you think this will lead? So far the common masses arent even shocked or alarmed yet!

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener6 years ago


Cheryl L.
Cheryl L6 years ago

The next thing I expect is that they will be implanting some type of vaginal or uterine micro chips that send them electronic information on us women and the pregnant or non-pregnant state of our bodies. And after that, we will be REQUIRED to continue reproducing until we drop dead .... kind of like an INVOLUNTARY "nineteen and counting" type thing.

Frances C.
Frances C6 years ago

I hope that some woman who is forced to have a ultrasound will get angry enough to lift up her leg and kick the damn machine off the table. Then plead extreme stress made me do it. Stress caused by being forced to have the ultrasound that she is extremely opposed to.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton6 years ago

"The Repiglicans want a government so small it can fit inside your bedroom."

Yet big enough so they can stick their pricks in every country in the world.

D.Jean Lubonovich
D.J. Lubonovich6 years ago

Once again politicians are following their own agendas rather than doing their duties and representing the people who put them in office.

Beverly Johnson
Beverly J6 years ago

Still, the zelots are the minority. How can they pass these unsupported bill???

Beverly Johnson
Beverly J6 years ago

I just read an article in this edition of Time Magazine. I think you may need to be a subscriber to view the whole thing so if you cant read it all please send me an email always.afternoon @ h-t mail . c-m ...and I will forward it to you.

Basically they fear Womens independence.

war on women centers on the Pill, whose arrival 50 years ago fostered the rise of female sexual freedom and economic power. Women could delay marriage and invest in education without worrying that an unplanned pregnancy would derail their pursuit of professional goals. As jobs have moved to the low and high ends of the socioeconomic spectrum, it is women who are better equipped for the higher ground: women today make up almost 60% of U.S. college students and earn the majority of doctorates and master's degrees. Some experts predict that in 25 years, law and medicine will be female-dominated professions.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2109140,00.html#ixzz1piLxPsxG

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/dispatches-from-the-war-on-women.html#ixzz1piOA97nj

Michael F.
Michael Fisher6 years ago

Im a native Idahoan since 1949...Idaho is a very beautifull place to live. And for Gods sakes no...it has never been as rightwing and conservative as now! Those so-called men downtown couldnt care less about the people in this state. Just like the freaking neocons in this country, the want a government small enough to fit in a vagina...small enough to fit in your bedroom, small enough to sit at that extra chair in the doctors examination room...ect. A bunch of old-boy's networking sour-assed white guys...with nuthing better to do than deciding wholesale crap to shove up The Peoples backsides or...where ever they they can find to put it...Love all you women...dont let up on them dirtbags!


Cat B.
CB C6 years ago

When a woman (and her doctor) have come to the decision to get an abortion, nothing is going to change her mind.

Smells, to me, like someone wants to make more money…and adding “unnecessary” procedures (under the guise of personhood) seems to be the goal.