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David Ripley: Strange Behavior of Idaho AARP

March 2nd, 2011 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The House State Affairs Committee approved an amendment to the Conscience Protection Law on Tuesday morning. Sponsored by Rep. Julie Ellsworth of Boise, the amendment resolves a potential conflict between the Conscience Law and the Natural Death Act. The latter is that part of Idaho law which provides for Living Wills and Advanced Directives.
Idaho Chooses Life did not oppose the change to the Conscience Law because we recognize that a lot of fears have been engendered among Idaho seniors that their Living Wills are no longer valid.

That fear, of course, is the direct result of bad information coming from AARP – the ostensible advocate for Idaho seniors.

In fact, despite the concession, AARP showed up to oppose the Ellsworth Amendment – which makes it explicit that a physician with conscience objections in an end-of-life situation has to abide by the provisions of the Natural Death Act. One would think that AARP might have declared a victory of sorts and gone home.

Instead, they took the curious position that the change does not go far enough. In fact, it would appear that their ultimate position is to strip all health care professionals of any conscience protections whatsoever. One of their witnesses argued that a doctor or nurse with conscience concerns ought to leave the profession.

Apparently these liberal activists believe that the Bill of Rights was written just for them, a very special present to their generation from James Madison & Co. (Or, to be more precise, a gift for only the “enlightened” members of their generation).

Setting aside that contorted view of the social compact, one is tempted to view AARP’s continued campaign as little more than a cynical effort to raise money for their organization by causing needless anxiety among Idaho’s seniors.

That is just not right.

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