Several hundred people circled the Capitol in a silent march Monday evening against SB 1387, the bill to require Idaho women to undergo an ultrasound, in some cases through an invasive trans-vaginal procedure, before having an abortion. Here, Courtney Bohl of Boise, center, marches with a sign saying, "Women Are Watching." She told the Idaho Press-Tribune, "I'm just here to speak out about women's rights."
Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey reports that possible amendments to the bill are in the works, to add exceptions for cases of rape and incest and clarify medical emergency cases, but the bill's two main sponsors, Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Meridian, and Rep. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, hadn't yet signed off on the changes. “Also, it’s a timing issue, just whether there’s time to get through,” Winder told Popkey; you can read Popkey's full report here.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports that House Speaker Lawerence Denney said the two houses are inching closer to a session-ending agreement on tax cuts, teacher pay and rainy-day savings. Denney told the AP he doesn't believe either a health insurance exchange, which had early on figured to be a major issue of the session, or the abortion ultrasound bill will figure in the closing equation, though he's ruling nothing out.