Vigil Planned to Protest Idaho’s Mandatory Ultrasound Bill

A silent flashlight vigil will be held at the Idaho State Capitol Building on Monday evening, March 26th, starting at 7:30 pm, to protest Senate bill 1387.

As we reported earlier this week, the bill, sponsored by Republican State Senator Chuck Winder of Boise, would require women to receive an ultrasound before undergoing an abortion procedure.

There was reason for celebration on Thursday, after a House hearing on the bill was cancelled, leaving many to assume the legislation was dead for the session.  However, that may not be the case.

KBOI-TV in Boise reports that Rep. Tom Loertscher (R-Iona), chairman of the House Affairs Committee,”doesn’t think the bill as presently written would pass the committee. He did say, however, that there’s still time to work on the bill even though leading lawmakers are looking at ending this year’s legislative session by the middle of next week.”

“We’ll rest over the weekend, think about it, and see where we go at the beginning of next week,” Loertscher told the TV station.

Those against Senate bill 1387 say the procedure puts undue cost on women, sets aside doctors and the patient rights and amounts to little more than government intrusion into women’s health.

A petition asking Idaho Governor Butch Otter to veto the bill has received almost 3000 signers so far. 

“Join us Monday night and let lawmakers now that SB1387 has nothing to do with women’s health, everything to do with government intrusion, and it has no place in Idaho,” reads a facebook announcement.

Monday’s vigil will be held from 7:30 until 9:30 pm on the Capitol steps.

Click HERE for more information.

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