Monday, March 26, 2012

Competing Rallies at Statehouse as Lawmakers Race Toward Sine Die

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Today should be an interesting day around the Idaho Capitol as a series of quite-different public demonstrations greet lawmakers, who are anxious to finish their business by week's end.

United Action for Idaho has gone as far as saying they'll help legislators pack their bags. Beginning at 11 a.m., United Action will begin what it calls a "community moving day."

"Citizens will rally and then deliver moving boxes to the House and Senate chambers," reads a UAI statement. "Individuals and groups will gather to address the numerous failures of this session and the many issues that have united us in our common struggle for justice."

But United Action doesn't have much in common with the folks who will be holding what they call a "rally for life" at 4 p.m. on the steps of the Statehouse. Right to Life of Idaho is still hoping to push through controversial legislation that would require Idaho women to have an ultrasound prior to an abortion, with no exceptions for victims of rape or incest.

Opponents of the bill, including Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, continue to push a letter-writing campaign to urge lawmakers to kill the measure.

"We need to keep up the pressure on the House and governor to ensure that private medical decisions are left between a woman and her doctor," said Hannah Brass, Idaho legislative director at Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest.

Planned Parenthood Northwest will be holding its own candlelight vigil on the Statehouse Steps, in protest of the controversial ultrasound measure. The vigil begins at 7:30 p.m.

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