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Idaho Lawmaker Facing Ethics Complaint For Saying ‘Abortion Is Murder’

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Grace Carr Reporter
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A Republican Idaho senator is facing an ethics complaint because he told a group of students that abortion is murder after they left a note and box of condoms in his statehouse office.

“I’m a Roman Catholic and a conservative Republican. I think what you guys are doing stinks,” Sen. Dan Foreman told a group of University of Idaho students Monday afternoon, according to The Tribune-Democrat. The dozen university students went to the statehouse for a meeting with Foreman and delivered their “gift” to his desk after he canceled the Monday meeting.

Foreman passed the students in a statehouse hallway later that afternoon; at which time, he looked at them and said strongly, “Abortion is murder.”

The students had intended to advocate for Planned Parenthood’s push to let local college women receive free birth control, as well as to promote an education program on healthy sex, according to The Tribune-Democrat. Despite the students’ questionable reaction to Foreman’s cancellation, Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho public affairs director Paul Dillon viewed only Foreman’s reaction as totally inappropriate.

“Even if you disagree with what we have to say, there’s no excuse for that kind behavior,” Dillon said. “He was being a bully,” he added. (RELATED: California Senate Passes Bill Mandating Abortion Pills On College Campuses).

Following the exchange between Foreman and the students, Democratic Sen. Maryanne Jordan filed an ethics complaint against Foreman. “This type of behavior is beneath the Idaho Senate,” Jordan said.

Sixty-four year-old Foreman is a retired U.S. Air Force officer as well as a retired state-police officer.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho declined to return The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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