Idaho senator faces complaint after online post

Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho

A Republican state senator who yelled at University of Idaho students affiliated with Planned Parenthood now faces an ethics complaint after he posted on social media Monday that the students should discuss “killing babies” with his Democratic colleague.

A dozen students, who had traveled nearly 300 miles from the Moscow campus, were in Boise for a scheduled meeting with Sen. Dan Foreman to lobby for a birth-control bill. But Foreman abruptly canceled that morning.

The group left a note and condoms in his office before moving onto other scheduled meetings with lawmakers from northern Idaho regions.

Later that day, the Republican from Moscow passed the group of students in a hallway and was recorded by several people raising his voice to them.

“Abortion is murder,” Foreman shouts on the video. “I’m a Roman Catholic and a conservative Republican. I think what you guys are doing stinks.”

The students were not at the Capitol to talk about abortion, said Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho public affairs director Paul Dillon. They were present to encourage lawmakers to vote in favor of a bill that would allow women to receive up to a 12-month supply of prescribed birth control and promote better sex education on college campuses.

Other meetings students scheduled with state lawmakers were peaceful, Dillon said, even if the lawmakers disagreed with their talking points. Sen. Bob Nonini, a Republican from Coeur d’Alene, waved a rosary while talking to students about abstinence but did not shout or demean them, Dillon said.

Dillon described Foreman as “completely unhinged.”

“Even if you disagree with what we have to say, there’s no excuse for that kind of behavior,” Dillon said in a phone interview. “He was being a bully.”

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