Idaho Ultrasound Bill Dead but Backers Clueless as to Why

It’s not really State Senator Chuck Winder’s fault he doesn’t get why his bill, which would have required a woman to pay for and receive an ultrasound before receiving an abortion,was stopped by cooler heads in the House.

After all, the Boise Republican swims in circles that typically ignore the voices of minorities, women and the poor anyway. Who could blame him for not getting that the bill’s main flaw was that it’s part of a grand scheme to take away a woman’s right to choose what to do with her own body.

Winder tells the Spokesman-Review’s Betsy Russell that,”the mandatory ultrasound “seemed to be the fatal flaw, at least in the House.”

So the bill wasn’t fatally flawed in the Senate? What about when Winder and his anti-choice cronies were drafting the legislation? Wasn’t it flawed then?

Thousands of women across the state and across the country seemed to think so and they spoke out against it. There was so much opposition to the bill that not even the anti-women’s rights crowd in the House  was willing to touch it.

Still, Winder and the rest of those behind the bill remain clueless on why the bill failed.

He is also doing a bit of dancing.

Winder told the Times-News on Tuesday that he would change some things about his bill,”I think the rape and incest exception would be one” that he would consider adding, he said. He would also take a closer look at the provision requiring physicians to record the fetal heartbeat.”

This coming from a State Senator who, moments after the bill passed the Senate, set off a national firestorm when he showed how insensitive he really is by accusing women of using rape as an excuse to seek an abortion,“Rape and incest was used as a reason to oppose this. I would hope that when a woman goes into a physician, with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage, or was it truly caused by a rape,” he said.

But than he danced around those comments as well, claiming he was “misunderstood.”

“I used a married woman, the idea being that as a woman or a couple, whether they be married or unmarried at the time, would want to find out if the pregnancy occurred as the product of the rape, or whether the pregnancy was unknown at the time,” Winder told The Associated Press, “there was never any intention on my part to question the honesty of a woman in cases of rape.”

Not even the main backers of the bill get why the bill failed.

Jason Herring, president of Right to Life of Idaho, blames , “misconceptions” and  “the complexity of this issue.”

It’s really not that hard to figure out.

Hannah Brass, Idaho legislative director for Planned Parenthood, put it best when she told the Times-News,”this sort of mandate, which demeans and shames women, is not OK – now or ever.”

The women of Idaho deserve better than a song and dance show about why their state lawmakers are, not only insulting them, but are also trying to take away their most basic rights as well.

Come November, let’s hope Idaho voters aren’t as clueless as those who supported SB 1387.

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