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Tue., March 20, 2012, 8:59 a.m.

A Prolife Woman & The Ultrasound Bill

HucksOnline has received the following op-ed column from Linda Cook of Rathdrum: "I attended a Town Hall meeting in Hayden on March 17th and listened to Phil Hart, Steve Vick and Vito Barbieri address the crowd and take questions. One man inquired about the legislation requiring women considering an abortion, to have a transvaginal ultrasound first. The audience member’s main concern was that it was too intrusive on the part of government and Steve Vick’s three-word response was chilling. “It’s not vaginal.” The room was completely silent and so Senator Vick repeated himself. Still there was silence so Phil Hart jumped in and messaged the issue differently, which won applause from nearly every one of the 40 or so attendees. Two things were clear, this was a pro-life crowd and Steve Vick needs an emergency truckload of media consultants directed his way as soon as possible. Hearing a state senator speak with such blunt and quiet indifference implied a shallow understanding of the issue. Vito Barbieri’s assertion that women “must listen to that beating heart” seemed puritanical and punitive rather than truly informational. I’m saying this as a woman who aborted her first child. More here.

  • Full disclosure: Linda Cook is chairwoman of Mike Jorgenson's state Senate campaign against Vick.


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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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