- Kelsey Hawes
The 63-year-old retired Moscow police officer, who upset veteran legislator Dan Schmidt in November, says he'd like to see women who undergo abortion charged with first-degree murder.
- Idaho Legislature
- Sen. Dan Foreman (R-Moscow)
The Lewiston Tribune reported this week that Foreman insists he's crafting the proposed legislation, in spite of the fact that a nearly exact same ballot initiative is being pushed by Coeur d'Alene-based Abolish Abortion.
"I don't care what people think of me," Foreman told the Tribune. "I'm here to do what I think is best for the people."
Foreman added he would also charge the physician who performed the abortion with first-degree murder.
As a result, the Senate State Affairs Committee has been assigned to examine a box of documents, including sealed testimonies regarding the election outcome. A final decision is expected later in the legislative session. The State Affairs Committee includes seven Republicans and two Democrats.
Only two other similar election contests have ended up in the lap of the Idaho Legislature: one in 1945 and a second in 1980. In both cases, the challenges were dismissed.