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Idaho lawmakers consider new medical abortion regulations Idaho lawmakers consider new medical abortion regulations
BOISE, Idaho -

A legislative panel introduced new regulations for medication-induced abortions in Idaho that would require in-person counseling and an examination before the medication is prescribed.

The House State Affairs Committee voted to introduce a bill Thursday that would ban doctors from giving the abortion drugs unless the doctor determines the abortion is safe and appropriate, and also tries to schedule a follow-up visit.

David Ripley from Idaho Chooses Life says Idaho's current laws are focused mainly on surgical abortions, but the number of medical abortions is growing. He has dubbed the legislation the "chemical abortion" bill, but drug-induced abortions are typically called "medical abortions" in the health care industry.

The bill was introduced after a party-line vote, with all four Democrats voting no.

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