Idaho releases list of free ultrasound providers
Tue., Aug. 2, 2016
BOISE – Idaho health officials have released a list of providers that offer ultrasounds for women seeking abortions as required under a newly enacted law.
The 11 ultrasounds providers that requested to be included on the list are primarily crisis pregnancy centers, which are often operated by anti-abortion advocates. According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the clinics have not been inspected or certified by the state agency. Furthermore, state officials have also posted a warning that the information should not be used as medical advice.
The list will be updated annually each January 1.
Currently, 13 other states require some sort of verbal counseling or written materials to include information on accessing an ultrasound, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research center that supports abortion rights.
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