Reps Vote For Ultrasounds, Skip Demonstration On How They Work

To reassure the women of Idaho that the draconian law that would require women receive at least one mandatory ultrasound before having an abortion is really about “educating” women, anti-choice activist and crisis pregnancy center owner Brandi Swindell arranged to perform live ultrasounds at the state house.

“Isn’t this fun?” said Swindell at the demonstration. “Who doesn’t love seeing an ultrasound image of a baby?” she asked, adding, “Remember, this is first trimester, so the baby is tiny, tiny, tiny.”

Hannah Brass, Legislative Director for Planned Parenthood Northwest offered the important and critical context Swindell’s enthusiastic display lacked. “The biggest difference between today’s demonstration and this legislation is that the women today all chose to have an ultrasound. Idaho’s Senate Bill 1387 takes that decision away from a woman and her doctor and places it in the hands of politicians. Politicians should not be dictating private health care matters” said Brass in a statement on the political theater posing as legislative education.

“In addition, what proponents of the bill fail to acknowledge is that women who are in a state of medical emergency or are victims of rape are not exempt from this bill, which mandates ultrasounds that should be left up to a woman and her doctor. SB1387 is an example of politicians meddling in private medical decisions for political points when they should be focusing on the real things Idahoans care about, like jobs and education.”

It’s hard to tell if lawmakers in Idaho got either point. According to reports only a handful of the over 100 invited lawmakers actually attended the event. After all, why would legislators actually need to see and understand a medical procedure they, as non-medical professionals, are mandating?

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Carole L.
Carole L6 years ago

Swindle thinks "Raping women is fun!"

John M


So does war, and wackos who carry guns IE: Zimmerman.

Sue H.
.6 years ago

Voting on something you know nothing about seems to be what politicians do. I wonder how they would fare in the real world.

Michael T.
Michael T6 years ago

Mindless idiots.

Barb Hamerlind
Barbara H6 years ago

gee, with her intelligence and medical training (pulling tongue from cheek now), she could be looking at a uterine polyp for all she knows. Or that "tiny, tiny, tiny" thing cold be a flyspeck on the viewing screen.

James D.
James D6 years ago

Deirdre G.
Deirdre G6 years ago

headline says it all, doesnt it? if I were a woman in the US right now, I would be seriously concerned. fortunately (!) I live in ireland, where abortion is completely illegal.

Samantha Shira
Samantha Shira6 years ago


Linda T.
Linda T6 years ago

The women in Idaho can only take from their Represtatives lack of attendance that they could care less what their bill does to you. Way to show the women in your atate that this is not about your concern for them but about punishing them.

Kevin B.
Kevin Brown6 years ago

These "laws" are all modern day examples of "jim crow" laws. The 15th Amendment gave African-Americans the right to vote, so the states passed law after law to make it harder and eventually impossible for blacks to exercise that right. Making in difficult to register to vote, literacy tests, poll taxes, grandfather laws all designed to stop blacks from exercising the right to vote.

This is the same thing here except now they are attacking women's constitutional right to seek an abortion. The Supreme Court held that women have that right so now the states are trying to undermine it with a new series of "jim crow" laws, all designed to make it more difficult for women to exercise their constitutional rights.

These laws have one purpose and one purpose alone. to make it difficult if not impossible for women to exercise their constitutionally protected rights and all of these laws should be considered unconstitutional.

Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan6 years ago

War is murder also, but we seem to stay at war all the time.
Please leave womens rights alone.