Divided Senate, after hours of debate, passes abortion complications reporting bill, sends to governor

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After much debate – which stretched from the Senate’s morning session into its afternoon session – the Idaho Senate has voted 21-14 in favor of HB 638, to set up extensive new reporting requirements for complications resulting from abortions, including all types of health conditions, even if they occur years after the abortion. Numerous senators spoke out against the bill, with many saying they oppose abortion, but see the bill’s reporting requirements as much too far-reaching – and that such reporting requirements don’t exist for any other health condition. “I’ve never debated against an abortion bill,” said Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett. “That’s not really why I’m standing up. ... I’m very interested in reducing the cost of health care.” He said...

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Divided Senate, after hours of debate, passes abortion complications reporting bill, sends to governor

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