Senate Bill 1115, which would place restrictions on abortion funding, is heading for a final vote before the Idaho House. The measure, which already passed through the State Senate, was approved this morning in the House State Affairs Committee on a party vote of 11-4.
The bill challenges the Affordable Care Act when it comes to terminating pregnancies. As written, the health-care reform would only fund abortions in the case of rape, incest or when the mother's life is in danger. Any woman who chooses to get coverage from proposed insurance exchanges would have to pay for a separate policy rider to cover abortions.
"The woman would even have to write a separate check to pay for that coverage," said Marty Durand, legal counsel for Planned Parenthood. "This bill is not good for Idaho women."
"If abortionists care about mothers as much as they claim, they could provide their services for free," countered, Jason Herring, president of Right to Life of Idaho, co-sponsor of the bill.
In the end, each Republican member of the committee approved of the measure, each Democrat disapproved.