Idaho Abortion Bill Gets Passed in House
BOISE -- A bill that would ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine has passed in the Idaho House on a party-line vote.
House lawmakers voted 55-14 on Monday.
Supporters of the bill argued that the legislation will better protect women's health. Others pointed out that they hoped the bill would limit the number of abortions that occur in the future.
House Democrats countered that the bill inappropriately allowed the Idaho Legislature to regulate medicine rather than physicians.
Under HB154, abortion-inducing medication could not be administered through telemedicine - which does not currently happen in Idaho - and requires doctors to make "all reasonable efforts" to schedule a follow-up visit. The bill is backed by the anti-abortion group Idaho Choose Life.
The measure now heads to the Senate for approval.