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Hearing on abortion bill draws extensive testimony…

The Senate State Affairs Committee is holding a hearing this morning SB 1243, the proposal from Sen. Lori DenHartog, R-Meridian, to require that women seeking an abortion be provided with information about reversal of medication-induced abortions partway through the treatment. Strong emotions are being expressed on both sides; you can listen live here.

“Living with regret can be a cruel burden,” said Julie Lynde of Cornerstone Institution. “Second chances are so rare. SB 1243 extends the hand of support to a woman wanting to take that second chance, and if the protocol is successful, a life is saved.”

Opponents said the bill is based on flawed science and could be ruled unconstitutional. Kacee O'Connor of the National Organization for Women’s Southwest Chapter said it would amount to “inserting the state Legislature into the sacred relationship between a physician and a patient,” and said the touted abortion-reversal process has “no basis in medical science” and is “potentially dangerous.”

Sen. Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, said, “I don’t understand why you’re so opposed to information.”

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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