The bill would provide family planning services, including prenatal care and contraception, but not abortion. However, opponents said it would fund organizations like Planned Parenthood, and tried to tie the measure to everything from abortion to homosexuality.
“I know this is an emotional debate for a lot of folks,” Keough told the Senate, “but this is an important issue, one we cannot ignore.”
All of North Idaho’s senators backed Keough, except for Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake. The bill now moves to the House.