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Idaho senator yells at students lobbying for birth control



Idaho Senate President Brent Hill is apologizing on behalf of the state's senators after a video surfaced on social media Monday of Sen. Dan Foreman yelling at a group of students and members of Planned Parenthood.

"I want to apologize to those who were treated that way," Hill said in a statement. "We in leadership do not condone such behavior on part of any of our members. Everyone is entitled to their view even if it is contrary, even if it's emotional or a religious view. I have talked to Senator Foreman and he's assured me it won't happen again."

"I want the public to know we are very sorry. We don't want it to be a reflection on the senate or the legislature as a whole." We recognize the behavior of any lawmaker affects public perception. I am very sorry for what happened and apologize to those who were not treated with the respect they deserve."

Idaho GOP Senator Dan Foreman has yet to publicly comment on the video, though he did tell KBOI 2News reporter Scott Logan that "I appreciate your interest," but declined to comment further.

Also on Tuesday, Idaho Sen. Maryanne Jordan told Logan that she filed a complained against Foreman after a Tweet that said the students should talk about "killing babies" with Jordan. The tweet, along with Foreman's account, has been deleted.

"I just dropped it (the complaint) off this morning," Jordan said, declining further comment.

Sen. Maryann Jordan tells me she has filed complaint with Senate leadership against Sen. Foreman for his tweet saying students should talk about "killing babies" with Jordan, a Boise Democrat.
“I just dropped it off this morning,” she said, declining further comment.

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 the birth control and sex education bill.

Other meetings with state lawmakers were peaceful, Dillon said, even if the lawmakers disagreed with the students' 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 behavior," Dillon said in a phone interview. "He was being a bully."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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