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House panel introduces bill to restrict medication-induced abortions

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A legislative panel introduced new legislation today aimed at restricting medication-induced abortions in Idaho, including requiring in-person counseling and an examination before the medication is prescribed. The House State Affairs Committee voted to introduce the bill on a party-line vote, with all four Democrats voting no. The measure would ban doctors from prescribing abortion drugs unless the doctor determines the abortion is safe and appropriate, and also tries to schedule a follow-up visit. David Ripley from Idaho Chooses Life said Idaho's current laws are focused mainly on surgical abortions, but the number of medical abortions is growing. He has dubbed the legislation the "chemical abortion" bill, but drug-induced abortions are typically called "medical abortions" in the health care industry. Today’s vote clears the way for a full hearing on the measure.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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