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MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017, 3:44 P.M.

Senate repeals telemedicine abortion ban despite senator’s quixotic appeal

Idaho state Sen. Dan Foreman, R-Moscow, tried unsuccessfully to talk the Senate into rejecting a bill that would repeal Idaho's invalidated law banning abortion-causing drugs from being prescribed via telemedicine. (Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise)
Idaho state Sen. Dan Foreman, R-Moscow, tried unsuccessfully to talk the Senate into rejecting a bill that would repeal Idaho's invalidated law banning abortion-causing drugs from being prescribed via telemedicine. (Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise)

The Senate has voted 28-7 in favor of HB 250, the bill to repeal Idaho’s invalidated law banning abortion-causing drugs from being prescribed via telemedicine.

Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise, recounted the history of the legal case. “I do not want my statements to reflect negatively on the Attorney General’s office,” he said. “I believe they … have done what they could to help protect the state.” He said the bill allows the state to “moot the lawsuit before additional attorney fees are incurred.”

“Very important, fellow senators, I believe that by repealing, we moot the lawsuit,” Martin said. “We end the lawsuit as if there was no lawsuit. Very importantly, it sets no precedence.”

Sen. Dan Foreman, R-Moscow, spoke “in strong opposition” to the bill. “I understand where we’re at, we’re looking down the barrel of a lawsuit we may likely lose. So the question is what do we do with HB 250,” he said/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.




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