A new bill has been introduced in the Idaho Legislature to cut any state funding of abortions except those performed due to rape incest or where the health of the mother is in jeopardy.
RS28247 (no House Bill number assigned currently) was introduced this morning by Rep. Bruce Skaug in the House State Affairs Committee.
Skaug said that the purpose of the bill was to prevent any state funding from going to provide for abortions and that he wanted to sponsor the bill to help keep his promise to protect the sanctity of life.
Skaug, the bill sponsor, sat down for an interview with Idaho Dispatch to discuss the bill and the rest of the legislative session.
Rep. Heather Scott (R-Blanchard), who sits on the committee where the bill was introduced, asked Skaug how much of state funding currently went to abortions. Skaug responded that it was difficult to ascertain a specific number. Scott then asked Skaug to try and have more definitive numbers went the public hearing takes place.
Rep. Chris Mathias (D-Boise) said that he opposed the measure and that women had a constitutional right to an abortion.
A public hearing for the bill has not yet been scheduled.
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Tags: Abortion, Bruce Skaug, Chris Mathias, Christy Zito, Heather Scott, House State Affairs