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Tue., March 20, 2012, 1:27 p.m.

PParenthood Pans Ultrasound Demo

Statement of Hannah Brass, legislative director of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest re: ultrasound demonstration scheduled in Idaho Legislature Wednesday: Broadcasting an ultrasound isn’t testimony—it’s political theater. Tomorrow’s unprecedented ultrasound display at the Idaho statehouse has nothing to do with women's health or women's safety, but instead has everything to do with scoring political points. “This is a political stunt using women’s health as theater and women’s bodies as a stage. Politicians in Boise have no business playing politics with women's health in this way. “Forcing doctors to use ultrasounds for political, and not medical, reasons is the very definition of government intrusion.  Women who seek to terminate a pregnancy do so prior to 12 weeks gestation 90 percent of the time. An abdominal ultrasound would not provide the detail or the heart beat sounds required by law. (Idaho Legislature photo: Sen. Chuck Winder, bill sponsor)

Question: What do you think about the ultrasound demonstration planned for the Idaho Statehouse Wednesday?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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