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David Ripley: Senate Approves Reporting Bill

March 16th, 2018 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The Idaho Senate gave final approval to ICL’s Reporting bill (HB 638) on Wednesday afternoon. This landmark bill will create – for the first time – a comprehensive reporting system on the physical and emotional after-shocks of abortion. The bill requires every doctor, counselor or hospital that treats a woman for post-abortion complications to report that fact to the Department of Health & Welfare. The Department is then required to compile and publish an annual report.

Based upon model legislation developed by Americans United for Life, HB 638 will give Idaho policy makers – for the first time – an accurate understanding of what women go through after they choose abortion. It is rather shocking to realize that, some 45 years into the Roe v. Wade era – virtually everything we think we know about abortion and its impact on women comes from the abortion industry. Not exactly an unbiased source.

The Senate floor debate was hot and heavy. Sadly, a number of normally pro-Life legislators voted against the bill. Senate sponsor Fred Martin (R-Boise) weathered some 3 hours of questions and debate over the legislation. We are grateful for his courage and leadership in defending a great piece of legislation.

Emmett’s Steven Thayn raised concerns about the burden on doctors and the fact that paperwork is helping to drive up health care costs. He claimed that he might like to support the legislation, but that HB 638 “went too far”. By that, he meant that the reporting requirements in the bill do not have a time limit. He was one of eight Republican senators who sided with Planned Parenthood by voting ‘no’. It was a heartbreaking moment.

Apparently Senator Thayn is willing to learn a little about the health risks of abortion – but not too much. Unfortunately for women, many of the health risks associated with abortion don’t materialize for years. The research linking abortion to breast cancer, for example, shows us that breast cancer may take many years to develop. And even more mid-term problems can take several years: An overwhelming body of scientific research suggests that an abortion history can complicate future pregnancies. Why would we not want that hard data? Don’t women deserve to know both the short and long term risks they assume when accept the seductive promises of Planned Parenthood?

Thankfully, there were heroes during the floor fight over this legislation as well: Sen. Chuck Winder, Sen. Dan Foreman, Sen. Mary Souza and Sen. Marv Hagedorn. They rose to help Sen. Martin, and to support the bill with a clear vision of why it will be such a critical step forward for Idaho’s women and the fight for Life.

For years we have fought to establish an Informed Consent procedure in Idaho. We have fought to create a booklet that women are given before an abortion; we have established a waiting period. This springs from the State’s primary duty to protect the health and safety of its citizens. But the glaring problem is that we know so little about the real world risks of abortion. So much of the debate is politically charged. The State has a clear duty to find out the health care risks associated with abortion – especially now that we are one of only two states allowing “remote control” abortions via the internet.

Please join us in thanking those legislators who supported this vitally important bill. And please take a moment to ask Governor Otter to sign this legislation. You can leave him a message by phoning 208-334-2100.

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David Ripley: Legislature Gives Final Approval to Reversal Bill

March 13th, 2018 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The Idaho House voted 55-11 to approve SB 1243 yesterday, giving final approval to legislation which would help women find out that there is a way to reverse a chemical abortion – if she moves quickly.

The legislation, proposed by Right to Life, would add a provision to Idaho’s Informed Consent law. It directs the Department of Health & Welfare to include information about the Abortion Pill Reversal protocol in materials given to women considering an abortion. There has been some success in protecting preborn children from the effects of RU-486 if a woman has not yet taken the second drug.

In fact, a young mother testified before both the Senate and House committees about her own experience with APR. After taking the first pill, she immediately experienced regret and searched for help. She was given hormonal treatments and was able to save the life of her baby boy. This extraordinary young mother brought her beautiful son – Zachariah – to the hearings. He is now a healthy, happy five-years-old blessing to the world.

But, despite the living evidence of the APR protocol being effective, Abortion Industry lobbyists from Planned Parenthood and the ACLU decried the legislation as “fake science”. And all of their Democrat clients in the Statehouse obediently voted against SB1243.

SB 1243, sponsored by Sen. Lori Den Hartog and Rep. Gayann DeMordaunt, is now headed to the Governor for final approval. We need to being praying that Governor Otter signs the legislation into law. Women must have access to this information.

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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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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: Abortion Lobby Shows Up in Force

February 14th, 2018 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Legislation (SB1243) to expand Idaho’s Informed Consent Law had a formal hearing before the Senate State Affairs Committee on Monday morning. The Abortion Lobby showed up in force to urge the measure’s defeat. One would have thought that Sen. Lori Den Hartog and the Pro-Life Lobby was about to repeal Roe v. Wade.

Instead, the modest legislation would require the State of Idaho to include information about the possibility that women and girls might be able to reverse the effects of RU-486 if they move quickly enough. It would become part of the State’s Informed Consent booklet, which the Abortion Industry must provide to each woman during the 24-hour waiting period.

But somehow this proposal to inform girls about their options is “anti-woman” and an “abuse of government power”. This may strike more casual followers of the abortion debate as rather strange and illogical. But it is part and parcel of the battle.

Planned Parenthood and their fellow-travelers have opposed every single piece of legislation related to informed consent for twenty years. They do not want women to know that there are options. They do not want women to know that there are risks. They do not want women to get the phone numbers of adoption agencies or pro-Life centers which can help them deal with a difficult pregnancy. Yet, somehow, the media continues to refer to them as the “pro-choice” crowd, the “pro-woman” movement.

The truth is, there is no more paternalistic and condescending crowd than the Abortion Lobby.

Monday’s show was stolen, however, by a remarkable young mother named Rebecca. She told committee members of her own experience with the Abortion Pill Reversal process. At the age of 19, she became pregnant for the second time while in an abusive relationship. She turned to Planned Parenthood because she was convinced that her only option was ending the baby’s life by using RU-486. After taking the first pill in the Planned Parenthood office, she left with the second pill in a bag. She began crying as she sat in her car, suddenly panicked over what she had done. She began searching the internet on her phone, desperately seeking any advice or information about whether she could do anything to stop the abortion. And she ran across a website telling her that there were doctors who had developed a protocol for overcoming the effects of the first pill if a mother moved quickly enough.

Rebecca found a doctor to help. And she experienced the miracle of motherhood again. In fact, she brought her son Zechariah to the hearing – who spent most of the three hours sleeping in his mother’s arms. He is a beautiful 3 or 4 year old boy.

Yet the Abortion Lobby was not to be deterred. Despite the fact that living, breathing evidence sat in the front row of the hearing room – speaker after speaker told committee members that there was no science to back up the APR protocol, that it was not possible to reverse a chemical abortion once it had begun. It was just astounding to see the triumph of ideology over fact for so many followers of Planned Parenthood. They have some powerful Kool-Aid over on that side of the room, apparently.

SB 1243 was approved by the Senate committee on a party-line vote and is now pending on the Senate floor.

We commend Sen. Lori Den Hartog and Right to Life of Idaho for bringing the legislation, which we strongly support.

We also want to give thanks for the courage displayed by Rebecca. May the Lord watch over her and bless her children.

Please take a moment to call or email your legislators about this important bill. Hopefully this proposal will lead to more miracle stories in the years to come.

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David Ripley: Risch and Crapo Support Abortion Ban

January 31st, 2018 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Idaho’s two pro-Life senators, Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, voted this week for legislation that would ban abortions across America after a baby has reached 20 weeks’ gestation. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats used the filibuster rule to block the legislation. It has already been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

The defeat leaves America as one of only 7 countries in the world that allow abortions so late in the pregnancy, regardless of the rationale. We belong to an elite club with the likes of North Korea, Vietnam and China.

President Trump issued a statement lamenting the set-back:

“We must defend those who cannot defend themselves. I urge the Senate to reconsider its decision and pass legislation that will celebrate, cherish and protect life. Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life.”

No doubt we need to get more pro-Life Republicans elected later this year to the U.S. Senate. But we also need to press our legislators to fix the ridiculous filibuster rule which has produced so much gridlock. The nation simply cannot afford to be held hostage to a militant minority.

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David Ripley: President Trump Declares Sanctity of Life Day

January 27th, 2018 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

What an extraordinary development. On Monday, the President issued a proclamation honoring the pro-Life cause and the movement which has refused to accept the deranged morality of the Supreme Court.

President Trump was as clear about his pro-Life convictions as is he about most things: “Though the fight to protect life is not yet over, we commit to advocating each day for all who cannot speak for themselves.”

This is but another amazing development in the presidency of Donald Trump. He has indisputably established himself as the greatest pro-Life champion to occupy the White House in the Roe era. What makes him so unique is that he is not simply supportive of one pro-Life law or another – he has established an Administration which advocates a pro-Life philosophy. Trump is not willing to make a deal here or a concession here. He wants his presidency to be pro-Life at every opportunity.

It is downright thrilling.

Trump does not merely respond to pressure from the Life Lobby to help with the new project for defending the innocent. He has identified himself as one our members, even a leader of the movement in his own right. We just have never seen that kind of leadership before.

May the Lord continue to protect and guide him. And may the Congress get on the train and strengthen this historic moment.

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David Ripley: Jane Roe’s Daughter Lives

January 16th, 2018 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Guest Opinion by Casey Mattox

There is a 48-year-old woman, born in Texas, who should be dead right now. In fact, she should have never been born. Forty-three years ago, the Supreme Court decided that the Texas law that prevented Jane Roe from ending the life of her unborn daughter was unconstitutional. But by the time the Supreme Court issued its decision in 1973, she had already been born and adopted by a family—likely not knowing that all that ink spilled in Roe v. Wade was about her.

Norma McCorvey was “Jane Roe.” She claimed then that her pregnancy was the result of a rape, although she became outspokenly pro-life and publicly admitted that this, and virtually every fact on which her case was built, was a lie. Both McCorvey and Sandra Cano, the Doe of Doe v. Bolton—Roe’s companion case from Georgia decided the same day—became outspoken pro-life advocates who swore that their cases were built on lies.

But before the Supreme Court could decide whether McCorvey did have a constitutional right to end her unborn daughter’s life, it had to overcome a procedural obstacle that slowed down the process—a delay that factored into whether her daughter would ever have a family.

Because of that delay, McCorvey had already had the child by the time the Supreme Court issued its decision in January 1973. She had been adopted into a Texas home, perhaps somewhere in the Dallas area where McCorvey lived. The court nevertheless said that McCorvey’s case was not moot since her circumstances were “capable of repetition” because courts would never be able to decide the question during the time of a woman’s pregnancy.

Procedural history is never the exciting part of a lawsuit. But for McCorvey’s unborn daughter, the dry complexity of legal procedure is the reason she exists today. Fortunately for a three-year old girl, “the wheels of justice grind slowly,” and by the time the court issued its decision, a Texas family had adopted her. If the courts could have moved more quickly, she (and her family) would have never had that chance.

It is unknown to me whether the adoptive family ever even knew that their daughter was the supposedly unwanted child who was the subject of Roe. As far as we know, they raised her not knowing who she was and certainly never telling her.

This week many are talking about the more than 60 million people whose lives have been brutally ended by abortion. And rightly so. The numbers are staggering. Imagine the average attendance at every NFL, NBA, and NHL game – gone. Eliminated. The population of the 18 states in the area from Arkansas and Wisconsin in the East to Idaho and Nevada in the west: gone. More than either the Hispanic or the African American population of the U.S.

It’s horrific. But it’s also personal. And today somewhere, maybe still in Texas, there lives a 48-year-old woman, perhaps with a family and a career of her own, with beautiful children that she loves dearly. Perhaps with a husband and family that can’t imagine life without her. The 58 million other babies deserved that same chance at life. Like McCorvey’s daughter, they were all created in the image of a loving God and would have been loved and wanted by someone. That’s why we fight. That’s #WhyWeMarch.

LifeNews Note: Casey Mattox is an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom. Follow him on Twitter @CaseyMattox

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David Ripley: Planned Parenthood Appropriates MLK Holiday

January 16th, 2018 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

We have been informed that Idaho Planned Parenthood took advantage of the Martin Luther King Holiday to organize teenagers to lobby their legislators at the State Capitol on Monday. The call it “Teen Lobby Day”.

We don’t yet have information about how many legislators actually held meetings with these young people, but our understanding is that it was a pretty aggressive effort.

We’re more interested in the underlying moral and social questions associated with using minors to push Planned Parenthood’s perverse sexual agenda. Let’s start with the proposition that it is illegal for young people under the age of 17 to engage in sexual conduct; by legal definition and long-standing social custom, such persons are not capable of giving valid consent to sexual activity – even with a peer.

Yet Planned Parenthood would present these children as authorities to Idaho’s policy makers on matters of sexual behavior and its consequences. They advocate for access to free contraception, STD testing and abortion services. At a most basic level, this is an outrageous abuse of these young people.

This is but a most recent example of the pernicious affect Planned Parenthood is having on our culture and the lives of our children. By manipulating teenagers into becoming their free lobbyists, they send a powerful message to young people across Idaho which demeans the law and moral standards: Planned Parenthood makes it clear that they think teenagers have every right to engage in sexual activity – indeed, that such behavior is “normal” and should be accepted as such even by the icons of our state government.

And, furthermore, Planned Parenthood demeans those teenagers by taking advantage of them to enculturate them into a dangerous lifestyle and ensnaring them in the work of a most evil organization. Looks like grooming and victimization to us.

And how ironic that Planned Parenthood should engage in such a shameful practice on the day set aside to mark King’s fight for a better social order.

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