Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Senate Committee Votes to Pass Controversial Ultrasound Bill

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 11:47 AM

After two hours of testimony from dozens of people both in support and in opposition of the bill, the Senate State Affairs Committee voted 7-2 along party lines to approve a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before an abortion is performed.

The bill’s sponsor, Boise Republican Sen. Chuck Winder, said that the State of Idaho has a duty to protect its citizens, even unborn children. Sen. Winder said members of Right to Life Idaho were part of his decision to draft the bill, which mirrors controversial legislation proposed in Virginia.

“The decision to have an abortion is a major decision,” said Kerry Uhlenkott of Right to Life Idaho. “Not just to the pregnant woman, but to the life of the child.”

The vote came despite legal concerns raised by Democratic Sens. Edgar Malepeai of Pocatello and Michelle Stennett of Ketchum during the proceedings.

When the vote was finished, the audience jeered and booed, with numerous yells from the back of the room, one attendee calling Idaho a “fascist state.”

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