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David Ripley: Abortion Complications Reporting Bill Now Before Senate Committee

March 10th, 2018 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

A landmark piece of legislation is now pending before the Senate State Affairs Committee. HB 638 will, for the first time, create an Idaho-based system for reporting complications resulting from abortion.

We began developing this legislation in response to a federal court order demanding that Idaho allow Planned Parenthood to perform tele-med abortions. For about the last year and a half, Idaho has been one of only two states in the nation allowing women to undergo a chemical abortion without the benefit of an in-person examination by a physician. Idaho Chooses Life felt the urgent need to get a system in place to keep track of the potential consequences to women and girls.

Supposedly the FDA is keeping track of adverse events associated with RU-486 – but that federal agency has not released data since 2011. Idaho women and policy makers can’t wait until the FDA’s corrupt politics is uprooted by President Trump.

As we have dug deeper into the issue, it has become clear that this piece of legislation has an importance well beyond chemical abortions and the tele-med procedure. It is rather stunning to realize that such a reporting system is long overdue. Some 45 years into the Roe era, we know precious little about the short and long-term effects of abortion on a woman’s health. Virtually all of the public health data now available comes from the Abortion Industry.

It is time that Idaho policy makers and Idaho women get a comprehensive, unbiased look at the health risks associated with abortion.

The Idaho House has already approved HB638. A hearing on the bill began on Friday morning in the Senate State Affairs Committee, and will resume on Monday morning.

HB 638 is sponsored by Rep. Greg Chaney (R-Caldwell) and Sen. Fred Martin (R-Boise).

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Rep. Tom Loertscher: House Highlights, March 5

March 6th, 2018 by Halli

by Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Bone

You can learn a lot about people if you take a few moments to just listen – and sometimes that becomes very hard to do because time seems in such short supply. While listening to one of my colleagues the other day, he expressed how amazing it is that one day seems to blend into the next around here. That is a result in large part of so much coming from every direction.

The big news this week was that the Dual Waver bill (House Bill 464) was pulled from the floor calendar and returned to committee. There have been a few test votes on other Medicaid issues that gave the indication that there were not enough votes to pass it. The plan now is to try to find the magic bullet to get enough support to move it forward. Still in my mind the overriding problem is that we are still only looking at how to pay the bill rather than finding ways to reduce costs. And as with many things here there are one hundred and five different solutions. I have been told that if the legislature does not act this year the Governor may submit the waiver irrespective of what the legislature does or does not do.

Another bill that has had a bunch of attention this week is the continuing dialog over what is called the property/trespass bill. House Bill 658 is the new version and is thought to have solved the problems discovered in the previous effort. We will know soon how it works out.

HJR 8, otherwise known as Marsy’s law, was voted out of the State Affairs Committee on a nine to six vote on Wednesday. It is a constitutional amendment for victims’ rights. There has been a lot of discussion as well as email over the last few weeks mostly in favor of the legislation. It still has a mountain to climb in the House as it takes two thirds of the body to pass it and it must go on to the Senate for the same process. If it passes you will get a chance to vote on it this November. The same item came from the Senate to the House last year and it did not get out of committee. They have made a number of changes to remove the objections that were voiced last session.

We’ve had a little activity on the budget this week with a few of those bills coming for a vote in the House. The first have been some of the small ones with little if any increases over last year. There will be a lot more discussion over the bigger budgets next week.

And I haven’t even mentioned CBD oil, bond issues only once a year, gun bills, county commissioners elected from districts, legal notice publication, wolf control, water, Harriman State Park, or let’s see what were the other issues of the week? So maybe what my colleague said should be of no surprise. As one day blends into the next we hope to complete our work shortly.

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David Ripley: Help Us Stop HB536

March 2nd, 2018 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

In a stunning development, the Idaho House Health & Welfare Committee approved legislation to provide Planned Parenthood of Idaho with a windfall of some $29 million in new public funding.

HB 563, sponsored by Democrat Leader Matt Erpelding, was approved on an 8-3 vote, with Rep. John Vander Woude missing from the Committee.

There were just 3 Republicans who opposed the legislation: Reps. Karey Hanks, Mike Kingsley and Bryan Zollinger.

That means a majority of Republicans backed the measure – which stated purpose is to provide additional “family planning” monies to low-income women. Voting for the measure:

Chairman Fred Wood (R- Burley)
Vice Chairman Kelley Packer (R-McCammon)
Rep. Christy Perry (R-Nampa)
Rep. Eric Redman (R-Athol)
Rep. Megan Blanksma (R-Hammett)
Rep. Jarom Wagoner (R-Caldwell)
We urge pro-Lifers from around the state to immediately contact their House members to urge a resounding defeat of HB563.

This is the same committee which has failed to give us a hearing on HB 572, legislation to end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.

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David Ripley: What’s the Big Deal?

March 2nd, 2018 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Fox News is reporting the arrest of a 17 year old Texas girl following discovery of her dead baby in a neighbor’s shed.

Everyone seems so excited. We must wonder what is so special about this little child? Was he wrapped with some special instructions declaring that he would be the one to cure cancer or build a cold-fusion reactor? The news stories don’t go into detail. But there must be something special, because the police are charging the girl with capital murder and bail was set at a whopping $800,000.00.

If it wasn’t the uniqueness of the baby, then perhaps authorities are worked up about how the young mother ended her baby’s life. She didn’t go to her local Planned Parenthood abortuary. That is clearly bad. Instead, she thought she could save a few bucks. Maybe they should let her go with a fine, payable to Planned Parenthood and call it good.

We’re guessing that, as much as the Judge might like that approach, the fact that the mother stabbed her baby nine times after giving birth creates a real public relations problem for the court. And then the baby was found in the neighbor’s shed by the neighbor’s 13 –year-old son. That sort of public trauma has to be addressed somehow in order that good folks can sleep at night, safe in the knowledge that civilization is secure.

But civilization is surely not secure. That teenage mother is understandably confused about just what the rules are. Every single day in America – for some 45 years – about four thousand such innocents are put down. Quietly. Ever so quietly … and privately. Of course, Miss Gomez violated those rules. Her baby’s grisly death has become very public. And Americans now have to wrestle with the image of a little innocent, taking her first breaths, being stabbed to death. Then discarded like so much hazardous waste. So, now, someone has to pay.

It breaks one’s heart that the United States of America could tolerate such a hypocritical, dark double-standard for more than four decades.

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David Ripley: Idaho Planned Parenthood Sues Trump Administration

March 2nd, 2018 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Idaho Planned Parenthood joined with several other abortion organizations to file a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for cutting them off of federal funds under a program known as “Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program”. This scandalous and evil program was apparently created by Congress to study how we can reduce the teen pregnancy rate.

Even more absurd: The federal government under Obama awarded some $220 million to outfits like Planned Parenthood. This is the organization which seeks to sexualize children in grade school, producing pamphlets and classes on how children can participate in virtually every sexual perversion known to mankind. (See LifeNews article: Trump Admin Cuts Planned Parenthood Funding).

Could even the federal government be so stupid as to not see the connection between sexualizing children and rising teenage pregnancy rates? All of this moral and social chaos funded by our tax dollars. It is just unbelievable that Planned Parenthood would then receive grant money to “study” the crisis they’ve helped create. How many ways can one express dumb-founded outrage?

Thankfully, while the GOP Congress continues to diddle around with defunding, President Trump brings a refreshing common sense approach to the problems Congress and Planned Parenthood are making for our families and society. He ended the TPP Program, and is shifting the money toward more responsible programs. Reading various stories about the move – it seems as if the Trump HHS is actually looking to give funding to pro-Life pregnancy centers. Most of them have abstinence programs.

Needless to say, Planned Parenthood is deeply offended. They want their money back! Idaho Planned Parenthood is among those who have seen their funding cut by Trump. So, once again, they turn to a radical federal judiciary to re-affirm their “constitutional right” to our tax money, used to ruin the lives of our children and grandchildren. One has to believe that the odds of winning this lawsuit are in Planned Parenthood’s favor.

Which brings us back to the deficiencies of our present Congress. In the second year of President Trump’s term – the GOP majority has yet to find the will or means to end funding of Planned Parenthood. And now they are about to reap the whirlwind: The money Congress has given to Planned Parenthood is about to show up in congressional campaigns across the country, as Planned Parenthood and its allies seek to restore that crazy Nancy Pelosi to the Speakership. One would think that self-preservation would be enough to motivate a recalcitrant Congress into action. But, alas ….

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