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IL house debates ultra sound bill

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 09:02:14 CDT

A legislative battle over abortions and ultrasounds has reached the Illinois House floor. Abortion opponents want women to be given the option of seeing an ultrasound image of their fetus before undergoing an abortion. Unlike proposals in some other states, it would not force women to obtain an ultrasound. Abortion-rights advocates are fighting the bill. They proposed a series of amendments Thursday that were meant to kill the idea, including making men view a video on the side effects of Viagra and other erectile-dysfunction medications. Democratic Representative Joe Lyons of Chicago is sponsoring the ultrasound proposal. He says critics should stop trying to sink his proposal:

"if Representative Cassidy would like to run a bill on erectile defunction (SIC) in the future, go ahead and run it and we'll vote it up or down on its own merit."
     The House overwhelmingly rejected the amendments, but Lyons postponed action on the underlying bill. He says some backers were absent, so a vote will be taken later.

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