Lawmaker Under Fire for Telling Students “Abortion is Murder”

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 21, 2018   |   6:27PM   |   Boise, ID

A pro-life Idaho lawmaker’s stern comments to pro-abortion student lobbyists resulted in a lot of negative publicity this week.

On Monday at the Idaho Statehouse, state Sen. Dan Foreman, a Republican, told the student Planned Parenthood activists that “abortion is murder” and they are not welcome in his office, the AP reports.

Foreman’s confrontation with the students was captured on video and quickly drew media attention. One Democratic lawmaker even filed an ethics complaint against him, according to the report.

The AP reports about a dozen students traveled from the University of Idaho to the capital to lobby for the Planned Parenthood abortion chain on Monday. They scheduled meetings with several lawmakers to talk about birth control and sex education on college campuses, the report states.

The students said Foreman canceled his meeting with them abruptly, but they caught up with him in a hallway.

During the confrontation, Foreman told the students: “I’m a Roman Catholic and a conservative Republican. I think what you guys are doing stinks.” He also told them that “abortion is murder.”

KTVB News 7 reports before walking away, he told the students not to come to his office, and he would call the police if they did.

Later, Democratic lawmaker Maryanne Jordan filed an ethics complaint against Foreman after an unverified Twitter account accused one of the students of having a “wild outburst” and then told them to “go talk about killing babies with Maryanne Jordan,” according to news reports.

Foreman said he does not have anything to do with that account.

On Tuesday, Foreman told the AP that he will not apologize for what he said to the students.

“I think the response was dead on and people can take exception to that — they’re welcome to their point of view — but I take abortion seriously. It’s murder,” Foreman said.

Several Republican and Democratic lawmakers said Foreman’s interaction with the students was “inappropriate.”

A Planned Parenthood spokesperson said the students were not there to push an abortion agenda.

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However, Planned Parenthood is first and foremost an abortion business. It destroys the lives of about 320,000 unborn babies every year, more than any other group in the United States. The abortion group’s annual reports show patient numbers and non-abortion health care services have been dropping in the past few years while its abortion numbers remain steady.

In December, the U.S. Department of Justice said it is investigating whether the abortion chain illegally sold aborted baby body parts.

Idaho lawmakers currently are considering a pro-life bill that would inform women that abortion pills may be reversed to save their unborn baby’s life.