Idaho State House Approves Measure Providing Women Abortion Information

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 10, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 10, 2006

Boise, ID ( — The Idaho state House on Monday approved a measure that would make sure women considering an abortion get information on its risks and alternatives they may not normally receive from an abortion business.

In addition to dangers related to the abortion, abortion practitioners must provide women with information about the development of the baby before birth.

The state Senate has already approved the measure and it now heads to pro-life Governor Dirk Kempthorne, who is expected to sign the bill.

The House has planned to approve the bill on Friday, but House Democrats walked out of the chamber when Representative Bill Sali, the bill sponsor, spoke on the floor about the link between abortion and breast cancer and the need to inform women.

House Minority Leader Wendy Jaquet led the minority Democrats to leave the floor and the House was forced to adjourn as a result.

The Democrats voted against the bill, though it still passed by a wide 50-14 margin. The Senate approved the bill on a 30 to 5 vote Wednesday.

The law requires abortion practitioners to give the women the information 24 hours prior to doing the abortion.

Those who violate the law would be fined $100 for every month they continue to do abortions without informing women of the risks and options.

A 1983 version of the law was ultimately declared unconstitutional but the state attorney general’s office has signed off on this bill as meeting requirements, according to Senator Hal Bunderson, a Republican who is sponsoring the measure.

The bill actually changes the 1983 law to allow the information to not be given in cases of medical emergencies — a provision not included originally that made the law unconstitutional.

The Idaho attorney general office determined the law wouldn’t stand up in court without the change, based on Supreme Court rulings. Deputy Attorney General William von Tagen approved of the bill, saying it would remedy the problem.

The Senate State Affairs Committee approved the change unanimously and pro-life groups say they support the measure.

“Regardless of the supposed normalcy of abortion, it continues to pose physical and emotional risks,” Julie Lynde, of Cornerstone Institute of Idaho, told AP.

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