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Otter signs far-reaching abortion reporting requirements bill into law

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is continuing its campaign against abortion with Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signing legislation into law that will increase reporting requirements for abortion providers. Some of the personal information required in the measure is already collected by the state's health and welfare agency. However, starting July 1, providers will be required by law to report details such as the woman's age, race, how many children she has, if any of her children have died and how many abortions she’s had in the past. The bill outlines a list of abortion complications such as infection, blood clots and hemorrhaging that must be reported by providers, hospitals and clinics to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Depression, anxiety and sleeping disorders must also be reported. Otter approved the measure without comment on Thursday.

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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