Pro-life ac­tivist per­forms ul­tra­sounds at Capi­tol

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BOISE | The Idaho Capi­tol was part med­i­cal clinic, part re­al­ity-tv show and all cul­tural bat­tle­field on Wed­nes­day, as a pro-life ad­vo­cate se­cured a base­ment meet­ing room to con­duct live ul­tra­sound pro­ce­dures on six women be­fore a mostly fe­male au­di­ence of 150.

Some were ejected from the room by Idaho State Po­lice troop­ers af­ter in­ter­rupt­ing Brandi Swindell’s de­scrip­tions of the ul­tra­sound images shown on three pro­jec­tor screens.

Ms. Swindell, a Boise res­i­dent who briefly caused an in­ter­na­tional in­ci­dent with her ar­rest in China for protest­ing abor­tion ahead of the 2008 Bei­jing Olympics, hoped the event would help per­suade state law­mak­ers to sup­port a bill that would re­quire women seek­ing an abor­tion to un­dergo an ul­tra­sound first.

Cur­rently, Idaho re­quires women seek­ing an abor­tion be given the op­tion of an ul­tra­sound. The House planned to take up the ul­tra­sound man­date on Thurs­day. The mea­sure has al­ready passed the Se­nate, 23-12.

“How can any­body call this of­fen­sive?” Ms. Swindell said. “Who doesn’t love an ul­tra­sound im­age of a baby?”

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