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David Ripley: Colorado Pro-Lifers Gain Ballot

June 25th, 2020 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Pro-Life advocates in Colorado have again qualified an abortion restriction for the November ballot.

This proposition would ban abortions after 22 weeks, except in cases where the mother’s life is threatened. Pro-lifers were able to collect some 153,000 signatures despite the challenges of the Chinese Virus.

This measure has national implications: Colorado was the first state in America to provide for legalized abortion back in 1967 – well before the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade. Approval of the measure would send a strong signal to the current Court that America has rejected its moral compass.

Currently, Colorado has almost no restriction on the practice of abortion, which led to the destruction of 12,390 preborn children in 2017 – the last year for which we could find data. The state currently requires parental notification when a minor girl seeks an abortion. And tax funding for abortions is limited to rape, incest and life of the mother.

Efforts to protect babies have been repeatedly rejected by a hostile, Democrat controlled Legislature.

Defenders of the Innocent have made repeated attempts to use the ballot box and initiative process to gain protections for babies at risk. Those efforts have thus far been rebuffed by voters. In 2008, for instance, an amendment to the Colorado Constitution was proposed which would have defined life to begin at conception. That measure was opposed by 73% of Colorado voters.

Perhaps this measure will fare better: Abortions continue to decline in Colorado. And the measure would apply restrictions toward the end of the 2nd Trimester.

We pray for their success.

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David Ripley: Norma McCorvey and Me

May 21st, 2020 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Left wing news sites are abuzz with claims that a new documentary shows Norma McCorvey in her last days confessing that she only played at being pro-Life for monetary gain.
Norma McCorvey is the woman used by the Abortion Industry to establish Roe v. Wade in 1973.

In that era, Norma McCorvey was a 21 year old woman with one daughter and pregnant with another. Her liberal attorneys persuaded her to claim that she had been raped, when in reality – all she really wanted was a divorce. She did get the divorce, but not the abortion. In fact, she never had an abortion and left behind three daughters. Once she became the infamous “Jane Roe” … Norma became a celebrity within the pro-abortion community. She even worked for awhile in a Texas abortion clinic – and it was that brutal reality which finally broke her.

After years of being the poster girl for legalized abortion, the inner turmoil took its toll. Drugs, depression, alcohol, guilt. Norma turned to Christ in 1995.

So what are we to make of the comments cited by liberal media outlets? Here are the exact quotes we’ve found – though the film maker has not released an unedited version of his McCorvey interview:

“This is my deathbed confession,” she chuckles, sitting in a chair in her nursing home room while on oxygen. Nick Sweeney, the film maker then asks, “Did [evangelical Christians] use you as a trophy?”

“Of course,” Norma replies. “I was the Big Fish.” [Courtesy of LifeNews.com].

Norma died in 2017. The first thing which occurs to me is that it is more than strange that this ostensible interview has not surfaced until now. My suspicion is that there is much more to this conversation than may ever be revealed.

As it turns out, I got to know Norma McCorvey a bit. She was our featured guest speaker at the 2010 Christmas Dinner. We spent the better part of a day and a half together, plus considerable time on the phone before her arrival in Boise.

Norma McCorvey was not the best speaker we’ve had. It was clear that she was a person who had lived a tough life, and had plenty of barnacles. To be even more honest, it seemed to me that she had not yet accepted all of the emotional and spiritual healing which Christ offers to those of us deeply wounded by sin. There was a certain distance and cynicism that came through, with a covering shadow of loneliness. But the testimony she delivered that Friday night was rough and real. The life she lived, almost completely dominated as it was by the horror of abortion, was also on display for people in the room – redemption and scabs and seeping wounds.

Some in the room were disappointed. But all of it made sense to me, for I knew her on a different level.

Norma and I came to the pro-Life movement at virtually the same time, after being publicly involved in promoting abortion as a matter of a woman’s “choice”. We both have spent years coming to terms with that bloody history, wrestling with the Great Accuser – who would deny us the blessing of Christ’s forgiveness and healing.

Imagine for a moment, if you can, what it would be like to be Norma McCorvey. Perhaps the most notorious woman in American history. In her name, the nation has welcomed the industrialized destruction of millions and millions and millions of preborn children. That is a torrent of blood guilt. She used drugs and alcohol to cope with it. She carried a lot of defensive mechanisms and resentments in her life, and I think some of those resentments came through in this last interview.

And then there is the simple fact that this interview took place at a time when Norma was frail.

The truth is, stories of spiritual redemption are rarely neat and linear – they are rarely a nice Christian movie. Two steps forward and one step back. Days of victory and days of defeat, as Christ carries us forward. But Norma McCorvey fought the good fight against the evil that still bears her name. She publicly confessed the deceptions she helped foster many, many times over the course of some 30 years – even testifying before the U.S. Senate, and petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse its perverse ruling.

I am confident that she is, finally, at peace in the arms of Christ.

Norma’s legacy is now left to us, to end the holocaust she helped unleash.

– David Ripley

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David Ripley: Horrible Murder of Newborn in Kootenai County

May 21st, 2020 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The story has not received much attention yet. But the Coeur d’Alene Press reported this week that a woman was arrested for the killing of her newborn baby boy after giving birth on April 14th.

Police allege that she strangled her baby, after birthing him in the bathroom. Then she cut him open with a box cutter. Then she placed him in a garbage bag, placing him on the back porch of her Rathdrum home. Elizabeth Keyes has been arrested on first degree murder charges and sits in a Kootenai County jail cell under a $1 million bond. She is just 22 years old.

The case is horrible in isolation. But in the context of our continued brutality toward preborn children, it once again highlights the schizophrenia of our current legal/social system.

Let’s be clear about this much: The woman had options if the prospect of nurturing this new life was too much for her to bear. We helped enact a law many years ago which allows for women in such circumstances to bring that newborn to a hospital emergency room, or even a fire station. No questions asked. They can simply leave the baby.

Then there is the more civilized notion of caring for the baby and giving it up for adoption to one of the many couples in Idaho desperately seeking a child to bring into their family.

This woman, allegedly, chose neither of those paths. Instead, she acted out of fear and loathing for this new life – a message and value system she has been pummeled with her entire life. The baby is nothing more than tissue. Its very existence a violation of her “rights”; a threat to her value as a woman. Lie after horrible lie, told by the most authoritative voices in our society. Major newspapers, college professors, the highest medical and legal authorities have actively propagated contempt for the preborn child. The propaganda is so pervasive that one must ask: Do we not all bear some moral responsibility for, some complicity in, this woman’s crime?

The state is, correctly, moving forcefully to seek justice for the horrible crime against that innocent baby boy – a boy that will not even have the dignity of receiving a name. Yet we cannot help but see the frailty of the state’s position: We all know she could have legally disposed of that very same baby only hours before in a Planned Parenthood facility. No questions asked. How can our legal system stand upon such a flimsy distinction as two hours’ time? On one side of the clock, the new life is a disposable problem, unrecognized by the Law. Just a few turns of a clock’s hands later, his brutal death becomes first degree murder. Perhaps Ms. Keyes is pondering those same questions. You can bet her defense lawyers will be exploiting those legal absurdities as the case moves forward.

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David Ripley: An Outrageous Miscarriage of Justice

May 6th, 2020 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

In the midst of the Chinese Virus upheaval, injustice rolls along. We learned that, last week, a hero of the pro-Life movement was slapped with a whopping $1.5 million judgment for exposing Planned Parenthood’s practice of harvesting body parts from the babies it kills. Plus attorney fees.

David Daleiden is also prohibited from ever entering a Planned Parenthood conference again.

The finding by a jury came after the careful manipulation by federal Judge William Orrick. He has a long association with Planned Parenthood – including his wife’s posts of photos supporting Planned Parenthood. Among Judge Orrick’s first actions to protect Planned Parenthood was a ruling which forbid the presentation of any video evidence collected by Daleiden of Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in baby parts.

Daleiden’s attorneys motioned for the judge to be disqualified from the case after they uncovered evidence that Orrick was an emeritus board member of an abortion clinic associated with Planned Parenthood. Pleas for fairness and impartiality went unanswered.

Meanwhile, we cannot help but express outrage that the perpetrators of these crimes against humanity remain largely uncensored and unpunished; and mourn over yet another example of the horrible corruption of our most hallowed institutions by the practice of abortion.

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David Ripley: Yet Another Challenge from Chinese Virus

April 29th, 2020 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

As the world seeks a recovery path out of the virus epidemic, hopes rise for a vaccine. Extraordinary efforts are underway in the Great Britain as well as the United States. In fact, one such project at Oxford University has already begun human trials.

Yet concerns have arisen as evidence suggest that the Oxford project is using tissue harvested from aborted babies. An academic paper was recently published by the Anscombe Bioethics Centre in England challenging the unethical use of human tissue derived from abortions:

“Simply as a matter of fact, use of such cell-lines in COVID 19 vaccine production is likely to create problems of conscience for some of those to whom the vaccine is offered,” wrote the Anscombe Centre.

We would frame this unethical research in starker terms: It is simply immoral to use aborted baby cells and tissue. Period. And it is even more egregious when one realizes that there are easily-obtained alternatives.

This lack of ethical standard in the medical research community was highlighted during the public scandal of Planned Parenthood’s partnership with many research hospitals and companies in America. Many states responded – as we did here in Idaho – to prohibit the use of aborted baby tissue and cells in medical research. But the practice continues in a number of states. In fact, the FDA continues to sponsor medical research using unethically-obtained tissue – though the Trump Administration has launched a review of those practices.

On a deeper level, this morbid practice illustrates yet one more area in which America’s moral standards have been sorely compromised as a result of our practice of legalized abortion. There was a day when the United States led the world in holding Nazi scientists accountable for their abusive medical experiments and research. Grandiose standards and international conventions were developed after WWII to prohibit unethical research on human subjects against their will. No more would the world tolerate “scientists” like Mengele.

But today we condone medical research which depends upon the body parts harvested from the industrialized destruction of preborn children; in fact, American taxpayers have often paid for such research.

In the midst of the rush to find a vaccine, at least one American bishop, Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, has publicly urged the Trump Administration to stand against the use of aborted baby tissue in combating the Chinese Virus:

“Just because the crime of abortion is considered legal in our nation does not mean it is morally permissible to use the dead bodies of these children to cure a global pandemic. Emphatically, this practice is evil.”

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David Ripley: Idaho Senate Passes Historic Bill

March 16th, 2020 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

This past week the Idaho Senate approved SB 1385 by an overwhelming margin. This historic bill seeks to re-establish a “Trigger Law” in Idaho, whereby we will again recriminalize virtually all abortions in the state upon a reversal of Roe. Every Republican senator (but one) voted to affirm that they wanted to see a day when babies in the womb are again protected by the law. The Idaho Senate chose Life.

There are currently eight other states with “trigger laws” on the books. In each case, abortions automatically become illegal again once the Supreme Court re-establishes the authority of the states to defend the health and lives of their respective citizens.

Sen. Todd Lakey (R-Nampa) did an excellent job of making the case for this legislation to his colleagues in the Idaho Senate.

Democrat members of the Senate, of course, fought the bill. Planned Parenthood adamantly opposed the legislation in both committee and on the floor of the Senate.

One of the primary reasons to get this legislation placed in Idaho Code is the effect it will have on the next generation of Idahoans. It will begin teaching them that abortion is not only not right – it is a grave injustice to both child and mother. In fact, the State of Idaho views abortion as a crime.

And that message, we pray, will not be lost on the U.S. Supreme Court. Despite their best sales techniques and august declarations – the people of America are not buying the notion that killing preborn is (secretly) enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. After some 50 years, most Americans continue to assert that Roe is unjust and an affront to the history of that amazing document.

Hopefully other states will join us in enacting trigger laws. We understand that the Utah Legislature has just passed one. Acting together, the states can put tremendous pressure on the US Supreme Court to correct its gross twisting of the Constitution.

The Idaho House will take up SB 1385 this next week. We need your prayers to ensure that this historic legislation gets enacted prior to adjournment.

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David Ripley: So When Does Life Begin?

March 12th, 2020 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Most pro-Life people take it as an article of faith that life begins at conception.

But we recently ran across an academic paper which put that question to the world’s scientific community. You may be surprised to learn that 96% of the biologists interviewed for that paper agreed that life begins at conception.

Dr. Steven Jacobs, completing his doctoral thesis at the University of Chicago, submitted his question about the beginning of human life to a huge sample of biologists working at over 1000 academic institutions around the world. 5,577 scientists responded to his survey, representing some 86 countries. The scientists participating in the study reflected the strong left-ward ideology we’ve come to expect from the academic world (89% identified as ‘politically liberal’). 85% of the scientists participating in the study reported that they support abortion “rights”.

Yet, 96% of these biologist were nevertheless compelled by the rules of science to acknowledge that human life begins at conception.

Those of us involved in the struggle to defend preborn children are not, of course, shocked by this scientific finding. Indeed, it is not simple faith alone which dictates such a view; logic itself demands an admission that each of our lives traces its beginning to that wondrous moment of fertilization.

What is shocking is the glaring disconnect between our scientific understanding and the pompous jurists who contort reason and hard evidence to uphold the right of a woman to terminate an innocent human life. They have long engaged in a willful ignorance of commonly known facts to obtain a political objective they find pleasing.

Lord willing, we are on the cusp of a new enlightenment and honesty from the federal judiciary regarding the holocaust they have unleashed upon American society. The cold fact is that abortion means the destruction of a human being.

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David Ripley: Help Defend Parental Rights

February 22nd, 2020 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Did you know that parents currently do not have a right to know when a doctor places a DNR order on your child? DNR. As in “Do Not Resuscitate”. As in, we are going to allow this child to die. Such orders often include a prohibition of providing basic human requirements like food and water, which hastens the death of the patient hospitals are charged with caring for.

And, yes, we’re talking about Idaho – a state in which pro-Life and pro-Family values dominate. Yet those values are sometimes not reflected within our medical institutions, institutions which have been impacted by abortion and the assisted suicide movement.

The Family Policy Alliance, working with Rep. John Vander Woude, is trying to change that horrible situation. They have introduced legislation – HB 519 – which would require that a doctor and/or hospital notify a parent when they place a DNR order into a child’s chart. The bill would also empower parents to transfer their child to another facility that is better prepared to care for their child. And, during that two week period – the hospital could not withdraw treatment or food and water.

We have battled Idaho hospitals before on this subject. There is a hard belief within some of those circles that medicine is virtually infallible, that they have a right to terminate life when they determine that further treatment is “futile”.

The pro-Life community must rally to help ensure that this legislation obtains a hearing and gets passed this session.

HB 519 has been dubbed “Simon’s Law” in honor of a baby lost to his family in Missouri. The baby suffered from Trisomy 18 and lived for three months. The baby began having trouble breathing, yet the hospital staff did nothing. It wasn’t until after he was gone that his parents discovered that a doctor had placed a DNR order into his chart. The parents also discovered that the staff had only been providing him with drops of sucrose – withholding food and water for an unknown period of time before his death.

Simon’s parents have worked for years now to educate parents about the fact that many states do not protect their right to care for their children in these difficult circumstances.

We would have preferred that Vander Woude’s bill had stronger language – language which would require informed parental consent before a DNR order could be placed upon a dependent child. But HB519 at least requires that parents be told – and gives them a chance to do something to protect the lives of their children.

Please take a moment to contact Chairman Fred Wood and members of the House Health & Welfare Committee, to urge that they quickly pass HB 519.

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Andi Elliott: “Election Bill”

February 19th, 2020 by Halli

I’d like to respond to Sunday’s op-ed criticizing Representative Wendy Horman’s “election bill”. There are several key points that were not addressed.

First, “off cycle” elections (March and August) are usually single item ballot questions with extremely low voter participation. There is little publicity involved to increase voter “turn out” and it comes at a high cost to taxpayers.

There has been a big “push” in recent years, mainly by the Left, to find as many ways as possible to make it easier for as many people as possible to vote. Eliminating the “March and August” elections would go a long way to further this goal as historically more folks turn out for the May and November elections.

It should be noted also that the Post Register took a comment from the committee hearing out of context when they wrote that Rep. Horman said she had not talked to certain educators about her bill. How ironic? Horman served for years on District 93’s school board and is considered to be an expert on educational issues. Her bill is a good one. Let’s support it!

Andi Elliott

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David Ripley: Thank You, Mr. President

January 29th, 2020 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

An extraordinary, historic moment was seen in our nation’s capital yesterday. And we don’t refer to the kabuki theatre taking place on Capitol Hill.

For the first time in half a century, a sitting president addressed the annual March for Life. Despite the on-going carnage of legalized abortion, previous presidents have found it politically risky to join the great mass of unwashed as we plead for the lives of the next generation.

But this president is different. He is unafraid to be seen with us. He is not intimidated by what the media or professional Left might say about him. Donald Trump does not shrink from saying the hard thing and confronting those who would remake our culture and society into something shameful.

We are truly blessed to have a leader like President Trump.

And we must appreciate that the pro-Life movement has never been stronger. Hundreds of thousands of average Americans travelled to Washington for the chance to stand-up and be counted. They refuse to submit to the dictates of the powerful forces which seek to normalize the slaughter of the innocent. After some forty-seven years of unrelenting pressure and persuasion, the American people refuse to accept abortion as anything approaching “normal”.

Perhaps the greatest miracle of all is that there is a pro-Life movement which refuses to bend the knee to Roe and what it has wrought for this society.

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