April 8, 2012 in Letters, Opinion

Bills disrespect women


The Idaho Senate recently passed a bill forcing women to undergo an ultrasound examination before having an abortion. State Sen. Diane Bilyeu, D-Pocatello, who is anti-abortion herself, found the bill to be “intrusive into my faith and it is punitive as a woman.”

I am appalled as a human being that such an unnecessary, offensive procedure be forced upon a woman facing an already difficult personal decision. How disrespectful of women!

During the past several months, over 1,000 bills have been proposed in state legislatures all over the country that want to regulate female reproduction. Dominated by my male gender, these legislators are almost entirely Republicans who constantly rail against such government intrusions in our lives. How hypocritical. And Rush’s “slut” comment only adds fuel to what appears to be a Republican war on women’s rights.

Consider this when you vote this fall.

Gene Volland

Spokane Valley

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