Law­maker sparks anger with abor­tion com­ments

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

BOISE | A Re­pub­li­can Idaho law­maker’s sug­ges­tion on the Se­nate floor that a doc­tor should ask a woman who says she was raped if the preg­nancy could have been “caused by nor­mal re­la­tions in a mar­riage” brought a re­buke from an­other leg­is­la­tor.

State Sen. Chuck Winder of Boise was speak­ing Mon­day dur­ing clos­ing tes­ti­mony on a bill to re­quire that a woman gets an ul­tra­sound be­fore an abor­tion.

State Rep. Cherie Buck­ner-webb, a Boise Demo­crat, said Mr. Winder’s com­ments raised ques­tions about the hon­esty of a crime vic­tim.

Mr. Winder, how­ever, said he meant to say he hoped a woman would work with her physi­cian to de­ter­mine whether a fe­tus re­sulted from rape or dur­ing con­sen­sual re­la­tions be­fore the at­tack.

Mr. Winder said he never meant to ques­tion vic­tims’ truth­ful­ness.

The bill passed the Se­nate 23-12.

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