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Idaho senate panel advances two pro-life measures

by | Apr 8, 2021

By Dave Andrusko

The Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee on Wednesday forwarded to the full Senate measures to encourage women not to abort a child following a diagnosis of Down syndrome and to eliminate government funding to organizations such as Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortion.

Reporting for the Associated Press Lawmaker panel advances two anti-abortion bills to Idaho Senate, Rebecca Boone wrote of the former that

Bill sponsor Rep. Kevin Andrus said it was intended to make sure women know about all the support services, treatment and care options that are available to families with children with Down syndrome to help them feel more confident in carrying the pregnancy to term.

According to Boone, State Rep. Bruce Skaug’s bill 

would stop all government funding if an entity provides any abortion-related services, including letting patients know that abortion is an option to end their pregnancy. Hospitals are exempt from the restriction, but schools and universities are included.

Former state lawmaker Branden Durst testified in support of the bill, saying it is in line with the state GOP platform. “Any organization that performs abortion that would still like to receive taxpayer dollars can simply stop providing abortion,” Durst told the committee members.

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