Idaho won't require ultrasound before abortion

March 27, 2012

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's Republican-controlled Legislature is backing away from a bill requiring that women seeking an abortion get an ultrasound before the procedure.

The legislation has stalled in the state House after Rep. Tom Loertscher said Tuesday he wouldn't schedule a committee hearing, a move that ends the bill's chances this year.

Idaho lawmakers were considering a measure similar to one approved this year in Virginia and last year in Texas. At least five other states require some form of ultrasound before an abortion.

The decision to pull the bill follows heated debate in the Senate, where the bill passed 23-12.

The ultrasound mandate also provoked rallies from groups on both sides of the debate.

In the end, House Republicans decided against taking up an issue that some deemed a government intrusion.