October 14, 1996 in Nation/World

Sounding Out Idaho Half Of Voters Back Anti-Abortion Law

By The Spokesman-Review

A proposed state law banning partial birth abortions has broad support in Idaho, according to an October poll for the Idaho Spokesman-Review.

The survey found 50 percent favor such a law. Twenty-three percent are opposed, and 27 percent are undecided.

The Oct. 10 survey of 834 Idaho voters has a 3.5 percent margin of error.

A partial birth abortion, also called a late-term abortion, involves taking all but the head of a fetus through a woman’s vagina. Then a catheter is inserted at the base of the skull and the contents are suctioned out before the head passes through the cervix.

People who support keeping the method legal argue it is used only when the fetus has severe health problems or when the mother’s health is endangered.

, DataTimes

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