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Lawmakers Remarks Create More Controversy For Idaho Abortion Bill

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho state Sen. Chuck Winder says he never meant to question the truthfulness of rape victims when he suggested 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."

The Republican assistant majority leader was speaking during closing testimony on a bill to require a woman to get an ultrasound before an abortion.

Winder later said he meant to say he hoped a woman would work with her physician to determine if a fetus resulted from a rape or was, in fact, a result of consensual relations that occurred outside of the attack.

Planned Parenthood of Idaho lobbyist Hannah Brass said her organization has fielded calls complaining about Winder's comments.

Anti-abortion activists hope to gain attention with a live ultrasound exhibition in the Idaho Capitol, part of their efforts to convince lawmakers to require a sonogram on women before an abortion. Republican Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll of Cottonwood announced the exhibition in the Capitol's West Wing 53 at noon on Wednesday.

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