Do you think Winder crossed the line with his rape comment?
BOISE -- A remark that started at the Idaho Statehouse is now garnering local and national criticism. From the pages of the Washington Post to the Boston Globe, Boise Senator Chuck Winder is under fire for comments about rape.
He is sponsoring Idaho's mandatory abortion bill, which would require woman to have an ultrasound before an abortion.
Senator Winder made some highly controversial comments regarding his bill during closing arguments Monday; some believe he was suggesting women might falsely use rape as an excuse to get an abortion.
On Monday, Idaho's Senate passed the mandatory abortion bill. Under the bill, a rape or incest victim or a woman with a medical emergency seeking an abortion must also get the ultrasound first.
During closing arguments, Winder 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."
Winder’s comments have since drawn attention.
“I hope that Chuck Winder wasn't implying that women use rape as an excuse to justify having an abortion,” said Johnny Carcin, the field organizer for Boise's Planned Parenthood.
“It's the government mandating care that isn't necessarily compassionate and doesn't account for the individual circumstances of a woman,” said Carcin.
Since Monday, Planned Parenthood of Boise has been fielding nonstop calls of concern.
“We have had people that have been supportive in the past and have called us expressing their concerns and asking how they can get involved,” said Carcin. “We have actually gotten quite a few calls from people who are typically not very supportive of us but feel like this bill goes too far to intruding into personal medical decisions.”
However Winder told reporters with the Associated Press, he meant to say he hoped a woman would work with her physician to determine if a fetus resulted from rape or during consensual relations before the attack.
Winder says he never meant to question a victims' truthfulness.
The state Senate voted 23 to 12 to pass the ultrasound bill, with all seven Democrats and five Republicans against it. The Republican-controlled House is also expected to pass the measure.
Winder also told the Associated Press, his cell phone, home phone and Facebook have been bombarded with responses and questions.