Theresa Burkes tore into the 2012 proposed ultrasound legislation ... literally. She cut it. She ripped it. And end-to-end, completely disassembled the Senate Bill, proposed by Republican Sen. Chuck Winder, that would have required Idaho women to undergo an ultrasound prior to having an abortion.
When Burkes stepped backed and looked at scraps of the legislation, which ultimately died in the waning hours of the 2012 Idaho Legislature, she saw an incomprehensible mess.
Burkes said she gave meaning to the shreds of paper that were once SB 1387 through art. She reassembled the fragments into an apron shaped like the State Capitol.
“I know that bill inside and out. I tore it up and pasted it and pasted it. And what I tore was infuriating,” said Burkes.
Burkes said she then fulfilled one of Winder's goals—wrapping the legislation around her body, she tied it with some strings and tucked a photo of Winder into the front pocket of her apron.
“This is where he would have wanted to be,” said Burkes.
Burkes said she kept Winder close to her uterus on Saturday as women’s rights activists marched from the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial to the Statehouse steps in opposition to what they called the "war against women.”
“I was born in 1970," Toni Sutton told the crowd of approximately 100. "That means that I had more legal control over my body at the age of 3 than I have now. In the last 12 months, women have become sluts for taking birth control.”
Protesters said their line of defense in the battle to save women’s rights came with a warning to lawmakers who backed Winder’s bill: They would remember come November.