Idaho Senate Committee Moves Abortion Restricting Bill Forward

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House Bill 154 requires in-person physician care to administer RU-486
  • House Bill 154 requires in-person physician care to administer RU-486
Controversial House Bill 154—which puts additional restrictions on Idaho women's access to a legal abortion—passed by voice vote this morning and sent to the amending order of the full Senate.

HB 154 specifically targets abortion-inducing drug RU-486 and requires the procedure be supervised by a doctor and is therefore not eligible for telehealth counseling in rural Idaho. After a full debate on the Idaho House floor, the measure passed along party lines.

And today, the Senate State Affairs Committee agreed to move the measure forward, killing Boise Democratic Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb's attempt to hold the bill in committee, saying it restricted a "woman's access to safe and legal health care."

Ultimately, the committee's Republican majority asked for the bill to be sent to the full Senate, but if there are any changes to the measure, it will again require House approval.