Senate Republicans Raise Bar On Abortion
Senate Republicans in Idaho have introduced a bill that requires women seeking abortions to undergo ultrasound. The measure was introduced Monday in the Senate State Affairs Committee. Sen. Chuck Winder says his bill originally made reference to an invasive procedure using a vaginal probe that emits ultrasound waves, but that language was removed. The bill now leaves that decision up to the patient and their doctor, allowing them to opt for an external abdominal ultrasound. Winder's measure aims to curtail abortions in Idaho. He says women considering the procedure sometimes change their minds when they see ultrasound results, though under his bill, patients could decline to view the image. Last year, Winder championed legislation to ban abortions once a fetus has reached 20 weeks.