From this week’s Republican’s say the strangest things links.
Don’t move to Idaho if you want an abortion, are LGBT, or don’t otherwise want to live under extreme, right wing legislature.
The House State Affairs Committee is considered one of the most conservative committees in Idaho’s Republican-controlled Statehouse. Already this year, the committee has killed a proposal that would provide legal protections to gay and lesbian Idahoans and halted legislation proposed by a 14-year-old girl to designate the Idaho Giant Salamander as the official state amphibian. It has endorsed, however, a bill that would expand parental rights in Idaho law.
“Children have no way to really challenge the forces that harm them and unborn children are especially susceptible to harm,” said Republican Rep. Linden Bateman. “In my view, this may reduce the number of abortions.”
This isn’t the first time Idaho lawmakers have received attention while debating abortion legislation.
In 2013, Republican Rep. Ron Mendive drew audible gasps in a committee when he asked if the American Civil Liberties Union-Idaho’s pro-abortion stance also meant they supported prostitution. A year prior, Republican Sen. Chuck Winder drew national criticism after he suggested on the Senate floor that a doctor should ask a woman who says she was raped could have been caused by “normal relations in a marriage.”