Idaho Ultrasound Bill Meets Abrupt End
The Idaho ultrasound bill that has been the subject of an extremely aggressive campaign from pro-choice opponents met a sudden end this week despite a strong showing in the state Senate.
Like similar recent bills in Virginia and Texas, Idaho’s measure would have required abortionists to perform an ultrasound on mothers prior to an abortion, and to inform them of their right to see the ultrasound image of their child at their discretion.
The bill, which passed 23-12 in the state Senate, was on track for consideration this week before Republican Rep. Tom Loertscher announced Tuesday that he would not schedule the hearing. Idaho’s 3-month legislative session ends this week, and will not reconvene until January 2013.