Idaho senate approves abortion ultrasound bill Max Slater at 12:54 PM ET
[JURIST] The Idaho State Senate [official website] approved a bill [SB 1349, PDF] on Monday requiring a woman who is seeking an abortion to first receive an ultrasound. The ultrasound bill's purported goal is to ensure that a woman's "consent to an abortion is truly informed consent." The bill requires an abortion provider to describe the physical characteristics of the fetus to the woman at two-week intervals along with photographs of the fetus. Opponents of the bill assert that it will force women to undergo an invasive vaginally administered procedure in many circumstances. The ultrasound bill will now go to the Idaho House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass [Reuters report]. Idaho Governor CL "Butch" Otter [official website] has not yet indicated whether he will sign the bill.
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