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David Ripley: House Committee Rejects Rule

March 10th, 2011 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The House State Affairs Committee took decisive action on Wednesday morning to prevent abuse of a state law restricting tax funded abortions.

In 2001, the Legislature enacted the Davis/Loertscher Amendment to restrict Medicaid abortion to those involving a threat to the mother’s life or in cases of rape or incest. However, in 2007 the Department of Health & Welfare maneuvered a rule change will basically created an exception that ate the law:

The way we read their rules implementing the 2001 law, any teenage girl in Idaho would be eligible to have a “free” abortion so long as she could prove that she was 18 or younger at the time the baby was conceived. That rule certainly violates the intent of the key law. But it also compromises the spirit of Idaho’s Parental Consent Law.

Fortunately Health & Welfare Chairman Janice McGeachin and members of the State Affairs Committee have ridden to the rescue of taxpayers and these girls – so susceptible under H&W rules to manipulation by Planned Parenthood & Co. And fortunately Idaho allows for the Legislature to override agency rules which violate the intent of statute.

The House Concurrent Resolution was sent directly to the House floor – which greatly increases the odds that we can get this abusive rule stripped from the playbook before the end of this legislative session.

This may well be the important pro-Life issue of the session. The latest figures available indicate that there are about 300 abortions done in Idaho on girls under 18. No doubt many of those were the direct result of this back-door funding scheme, by which Planned Parenthood could offer troubled girls a “free” abortion to solve all their problems.

As important as the abuse of tax dollars is in this matter – witness the wrenching stories of families impacted by proposed cuts in Medicaid dollars – the most important element of this outrageous rule is the implied sanction of abortion as a morally acceptable choice for girls in crisis. After all – if the taxpayers of Idaho are willing to pay for it, it must be right – right?

We ask for your prayer support as we work to ensure this rule rejection is adopted by the full House and then in the Senate.

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