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Ultrasound Backers Want Hearing

Six supporters of Senate Bill 1387 drove from Sandpoint to Boise to lobby for the bill. After a 10-minute hallway conversation with House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loerstcher early Tuesday, they remain frustrated that the bill has yet to receive a hearing. “We came 500 miles,” said Judy Howrey, board chair of the Life Choices Pregnancy Center in Sandpoint, which offers free ultrasounds. “We want to find out about the meeting and why it was canceled.” Loertcher canceled a hearing on SB 1387 last week, after objections were raised in a closed-door Republican caucus. “There is no hearing scheduled,” said Loertscher, R-Iona, who was headed to his office for a private meeting with two prominent backers of the bill, Kerry Uhlenkott of Right to Life of Idaho and Julie Lynde of Cornerstone Family Council, the Idaho affiliate of Focus on the Family/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you think the 2012 session will end session without the ultrasound bill hearing?

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What Will Butch Do w/Ultrasound Bill?

In a column, Dan Popkey/Idaho Statesman tells how Gov. Butch Otter has given in to his Libertarian side at times in the past on such things as the Patriot Act. Two years ago, however, Otter allowed the “health conscience” bill (which allows health care professionals to refuse to provide services they consider morally objectionable) to become law without his signature. Now, Popkey wonders, which Otter will be present when the pre-abortion ultrasound bill hits his desk: “Otter, a Catholic, is a longtime foe of abortion, though he’s not made it a high-profile issue. I can’t predict what he’ll do, only that he’ll struggle with his choice. Otter genuinely loves the U.S. and Idaho constitutions, which invest chief executives with the veto power to regulate the excesses of legislative majorities. We’ll soon know whether Otter’s faith trumps secular principle and warrants the state ordering doctors to engage in the rudest of intrusions on personal liberty.” More here. (AP photo: Gov. Otter in Wallace Jan. 23)

Question: What do you think Butch will do when this Bill hits his desk?

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Senate OKs Ultrasound Bill 23-12

The Senate has voted 23-12 in favor of SB 1387, the pre-abortion ultrasound requirement. Retiring Sen. Diane Bilyeu, D-Pocatello, rising to explain her vote, said, “You know, fellow senators, as a woman, and as a person of faith, this bill makes me want to cry. I want an end to abortion as well as all of you do, and I am totally opposed to abortion except in the case of rape, incest or the life of the mother. But I find this bill to be intrusive into my faith and it is punitive as a woman.  This senator votes no”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. And: How they voted.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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