When a group of University of Idaho students affiliated with Planned Parenthood traveled seven hours to the Capitol to lobby for a birth control bill on Monday, things didn't go as they'd hoped. Idaho Sen. Dan Foreman yelled at the students when they wanted to discuss things like birth control and sex education. He then threatened to call the police if they returned to his office.
He's now facing an ethics complaint, according to the Associated Press, after he reportedly tweeted that the students should talk about "killing babies" with a Democratic colleague.
"It's one thing to disagree with policy, it's another thing to position something like that against another lawmaker," said state Sen. Maryanne Jordan, who filed the complaint against Foreman. "This type of behavior is beneath the Idaho Senate."
Now, the Twitter account that claimed to be the senator's has been deleted, though it was reactivated briefly to state it was not affiliated with Foreman.
In a clip posted online of Foreman's interaction with the students, you can see the senator telling them:
Abortion is murder. I stand against it. I am a Roman Catholic. I'm a conservative Republican. I think what you guys are doing stinks.
When a student replies, "that's your choice," Foreman turns around quickly and says, "You're damn right, it's my choice, so stay out of my office" — that's when he threatened to call the authorities if they returned.
The students traveled from Moscow, Idaho, to the state capitol in Boise for a scheduled meeting with the senator, which he abruptly cancelled Monday morning. One student who was present posted a video of the exchange, writing:
This is how Senator Dan Foreman, Idaho District 5, treats his constituents. We drove 7 hours to meet with him and he threatened to call the police if we entered his office. SPREAD THIS!
The clip has since received thousands of retweets. That same student, who goes by Nicky, shared a photo of the sign that she said made Foreman "so mad."
We drove 7 hours to make it to our scheduled 9 a.m. meeting just for you to prioritize seat belts over your constituents. I believe this is the definition of not doing your job.
They included a list of the topics they wanted to discuss had Foreman met with them, and it didn't include abortion. In fact, the list included ways to keep the number of abortions in Idaho down. For instance, the students wanted to talk about SB 1281, which would authorize Idaho health plans to provide women with 12 months of access to birth control.
Comprehensive sex education was also an item on the student's agenda. "Sex education is good for our budget and our youth's health and future," they wrote. "Our youth is not choosing abstinence; by age 19, 69 percent of teens have had sex."
The students also wanted to add consent to sex education in order to prevent instances of abuse — "These actions lead to higher rates of sexual assault at college campuses."
"For the record, we ONLY wanted to discuss birth control access and comprehensive sex education," Nicky explained on Twitter. "We weren't going to bring up abortion at all."
She then addressed the senator's alleged account, which is now deleted, directly. "When you lose your next election, I want you to know it's because amazing, strong people in your district finally saw how pitiful and cruel you are," she wrote. "See you in November."
Another University of Idaho student who was present, Arely Ayala, advised Foreman:
[N]ext time you're approached by your constituents, maybe remember that you work for the people not the church... I am Catholic and I know healthcare such as birth control is a right.
Foreman didn't immediately respond to Bustle's request for comment.