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Sponsors of live ultrasound exhibit can’t restrict attendance in Capitol hearing room

An anti-abortion group planning a live ultrasound exhibition in a Senate hearing room today can't restrict attendance to only those it wants in the room, the Associated Press reports. The event in room WW53 on the state Capitol's lower level is part of efforts by anti-abortion advocates to require women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound examination.

Right to Life of Idaho, the exhibition's promoter, indicated in an e-mail it would limit attendees to lawmakers, their families, Capitol staff and accredited media. However, the AP reports that Capitol officials said Tuesday the building's meeting rooms are open to the public.

Democratic House Minority Leader John Rusche has concerns that extra security might be needed.
Rusche, a retired pediatrician, says there are many, many angry women concerned about the ultrasound mandate. It passed the Senate Monday, and now is up for House debate.




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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