Idaho’s anti-abortion ultrasound bill is dead for the 2012 legislative session. The state Senate had already passed the invasive measure, but House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher (R) said on Wednesday that the House will not be voting on it. “I spoke with the right-to-life people this morning,” he told the Spokesman-Review. “They agreed that there’s not much that can be done with the bill this year.” The legislation mandated an ultrasound for any woman seeking an abortion in Idaho — with no exception for rape or incest — and Loertscher said he feared it could lead to a court challenge that would overturn entire informed-consent law. Anti-abortion advocates are expected to push the bill again in 2013.
Idaho House Will Not Approve Mandatory Ultrasound Bill