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Birth-control pills replacing God?

For anyone who missed it, here’s the central part of Rep. Janice McGeachin’s tearful tirade in the House Health and Welfare Committee yesterday against a bill that would have given some low-income Idaho mothers, age 19 or older, access to cancer screenings, family planning and contraception.

McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, said, “While I personally understand the importance of having good family planning, I also represent a large constituency that doesn’t even believe that contraception is necessary or correct or even appropriate in their lives and they have a really difficult time … using their tax dollars to support that.”

She continued, “It’s very upsetting to me when our U.S. Supreme Court says we can’t pledge allegiance to our God and we can’t have prayer in our school and we can’t have a Bible in our school, and yet we can have this. … It’s not the proper role of government.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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