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David Ripley: Hundreds Gather to Protest Planned Parenthood in Meridian, ID

August 23rd, 2015 by Halli

Idaho Choose Life

Treasure Valley pro-Lifers joined thousands from across America to protest at Planned Parenthood facilities this morning. Here are a few photos from the protest in front of the Meridian Planned Parenthood.

See photos of the Idaho protest at this link.

WASHINGTON POST COVERS NATIONAL PROTEST. WILL THE IDAHO STATESMAN OR POST REGISTER?

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David Ripley: Time for Earnest Resolve

August 23rd, 2015 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

This week has produced even more ghastly revelations about Planned Parenthood’s organ harvesting business. The details of the horror show that is Planned Parenthood are almost too much to discuss in public.

Dr. Theresa Deisher, a prominent biomedical researcher, has reviewed the emerging videos in detail. It is her opinion that, at least in some cases, Planned Parenthood abortionists are harvesting organs from babies still alive. In an interview with Breitbart News, Dr. Deisher explained that “time is of the essence for biomedical researchers in harvesting fresh organs”. Some of those babies must be alive, particularly when one is trying to harvest a beating heart.

“I have always suspected that the babies in some of these cases were alive until their hearts were cut out,” Deisher said.

If her analysis is correct, then these abortionists are not only violating the federal Ban on Partial Birth Abortions – but the Born Alive Infants Protection Act as well.

But, of course, the issue here is not simply a discussion about legalities or even the criminal conspiracy which is Planned Parenthood. No. These revelations go much deeper.

This is barbarity, evil barbarity. And it is frightening.

It is relatively easy – unless you are a Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama or Mayor De Blasio – to condemn Planned Parenthood. What is harder to face is the grave challenge this practice, now revealed, poses to our society. Will we allow it to continue? Will we allow our federal and state elected officials to continue their financial partnership with the criminals who chop up innocent babies for profit?

This is a time for resolve. We must demand that our government sever its entanglement with Planned Parenthood. And then we must demand that Planned Parenthood be brought to the bar of justice for its crimes against humanity.

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Crapo and Risch Call for HHS Investigation

August 5th, 2015 by Halli

Idaho’s two U.S. Senators issued a joint press release today, calling upon the Secretary of Health & Human Services to investigate whether Planned Parenthood is violating federal law with its program of harvesting the tissue and organs of preborn children after abortions. The two videos released so far showing discussions with senior Planned Parenthood officials strongly suggest that America’s largest abortion provider is intentionally manipulating women into undergoing later-term abortions in order to harvest more mature organs. In addition, the description of abortion techniques by these same officials seems to be referring to Partial Birth Abortions, a procedure outlawed by both federal and state statute.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 23, 2015

Contact: Lindsay Nothern (Crapo), 208-344-1776

Suzanne Wrasse (Risch), 202-224-8078

Crapo, Risch Join Group of 50 Senators Raising Concerns with Planned Parenthood Practices

Senators call on HHS Secretary to comply with investigations, conduct assessment to facilitate congressional review

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch this week joined a bipartisan group of senators in calling on Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to get to the bottom of what has been going on at Planned Parenthood. In a letter to the Secretary, the Senators draw attention to the legal, ethical and policy issues raised by the recent video footage released by the Center for Medical Progress depicting senior Planned Parenthood Federation of America executives discussing in gruesome detail the organization’s role in the harvesting of the organs of unborn babies.

“The footage raises a number of questions about the practices of the organization, including whether they are in compliance with federal laws regulating both the use of fetal tissue and partial-birth abortions,” the senators wrote. “In addition to questions about Planned Parenthood’s compliance with applicable federal law and medical ethics, we believe the footage prompts important policy questions surrounding the issue of abortions permitted so late in a pregnancy – sometimes even later than 5 months – that an unborn baby’s organs can be identified and harvested.”

The senators also requested that the Secretary confirm the commencement or immediate initiation of “a thorough internal review of the compliance of the Department and Planned Parenthood – one of the Department’s grantees – with all relevant and applicable federal statutes, regulations, and other requirements.”

The full text of the senators’ letter can be found here.

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Risch Issues Statement on Planned Parenthood Scandal

August 5th, 2015 by Halli

I am shocked by the callous disregard for human life Planned Parenthood senior officials exhibit in recent videos. Their heinous and atrocious violations against a human life are outrageous. These conversations are proof positive this organization has no regard when it comes to the life of a baby.

Nearly all of my Republican colleagues and I sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell asking for Planned Parenthood to be investigated on whether it has violated federal regulations. HHS awards federal grants to Planned Parenthood. The letter also asks HHS to conduct an internal review of its compliance with related government regulations.

I am strongly pro-life and always have been.

During my time as Idaho’s governor, lieutenant governor and state senator, I worked to restore Idaho’s unborn citizens to full recognition and protection under the law. As a United States senator, I am working to do everything I can to promote and protect the sanctity of life here and abroad.

I cannot and will not support legislation that would destroy a human’s most basic right–the right to life. This includes voting against government funding that would be used for promoting or performing abortions and that includes voting against Planned Parenthood funding.

– U.S. Senator James Risch, (R-Idaho)

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Press Release: Labrador Condemns Planned Parenthood Organ Harvesting

August 5th, 2015 by Halli

Labrador Condemns Planned Parenthood Organ Harvesting
Posted: 21 Jul 2015 06:51 PM PDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Tuesday | July 21, 2015 Dan Popkey – 208-800-1565

LABRADOR DISGUSTED BY PLANNED PARENTHOOD ACTIONS AND COMMENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, issued this statement after watching videos showing Planned Parenthood officials negotiating the sale of fetal organs:

“I am sickened and disgusted by the inhumane attitude Planned Parenthood officials displayed as they discussed the sale of aborted fetuses over lunch. Their attitude towards human life should be condemned. I believe that all life is sacred, and should not be for sale. The fact that these officials view aborted fetuses as mere commodities is a sad commentary on our society.

“As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, I will participate in a vigorous investigation into whether Planned Parenthood is illegally profiting from the sale of organs and body parts from aborted babies. Nothing is more sacred than human life. Indifference to these grotesque practices demeans every American, regardless of their view on abortion.

“These videos pull back the curtain on the horrors of the abortion industry. Today I am joining as a cosponsor of a new bill, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act, to place a one-year moratorium on any federal funding of Planned Parenthood. I also urge the Senate to schedule a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which passed the House with bipartisan support in May.”

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David Ripley: America Faces a Crucial Decision Point

July 18th, 2015 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

A firestorm has been lit by the release of a video showing Planned Parenthood actively involved in the gruesome business of harvesting, packaging, marketing and selling body parts and human tissue harvested from the thousands of babies it destroys each day.

Many talking heads are rightly outraged. Plenty of fresh material for bloggers, presidential candidates and talk show hosts. And, certainly, in the Age of Obama, the last thing Americans need is more cause for outrage: the bucket is overflowing.

But this issue is different. This outrage carries with it tremendous spiritual and societal consequence.

What happens now?

We are guaranteed to have a week or so of media attention and discussion regarding the true scope of evil surrounding Planned Parenthood and legalized abortion in America. We believe God has created a window, has pulled back the curtain on the institutionalized evil in our midst. But after the shock passes, what will America do about this heinous practice?

Will we simply turn the page? Go back to our comfortable space and pretend this is not happening?

Will we allow ourselves to be too disgusted to turn our outrage into persistent, undeniable demands for action by our government and elected officials? Will Planned Parenthood be brought to account? Will Congress enact legislation to clearly prohibit the disgusting practice of trafficking in human remains for profit? Will they move to strip these gangsters of all public tax subsidy?

In short: Now that this huge morsel of evil is in our mouths … will we spit it out as the moral poison it is? Or will we allow ourselves to swallow another chunk of evil, going back to the ball game, movie or even a discussion of any other political issue beside abortion and its broad bevy of consequence?

If we collectively digest this evil, America will fall another ten or twenty fathoms into the moral abyss. One would be left to wonder what obscenity or practice Planned Parenthood could commit that would finally be “too much” for our collective conscience to bear.

Of course, the sale and marketing of fetal tissue pales in comparison to the industrialized slaughter of the babies themselves. But it is a concrete place from which to reinvigorate our battle against evil.

So what is to be done?

First, we ask you to speak, personally, with your pastor or priest. We need the moral leadership of our clergy to confront this evil and to rally the Body of Christ to concrete action.

Second, we need to call upon on our Congressional delegation to ensure that there are broad investigations into this practice on a national scale – by both the House and Senate.

Third, we call upon Governor Otter and Attorney General Wasden to launch independent, state-based investigations into the practices of Planned Parenthood here in Idaho. This is likely a criminal conspiracy, and it must be taken seriously at the local, as well as the national, level. Not only is the trafficking in human tissue-for-profit illegal – the evidence produced thus far strongly suggests that Planned Parenthood may be violating the national and state bans on Partial Birth Abortions. The state must also make demand on Planned Parenthood to establish whether the mothers involved in aborting their children have given informed consent regarding the harvesting and sale of their baby’s remains to various research firms and universities.

Will YOU take a moment to pick up the phone and demand action from your elected officials and pastors?

May God save us from spiritual lethargy at this critical hour.

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David Ripley: The Judicial War on Women

July 7th, 2015 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Sometimes it genuinely seems as if a substantial number of judges really don’t care much for women.

Take the recent ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court.

It just issued a ruling declaring that the Iowa Board of Medicine had acted “unconstitutionally” when it stopped the experimental practice of dispensing RU-486 via remote computer control. The women and girls going to see Planned Parenthood didn’t even receive the consideration of a personal examination by a licensed physician.

After receiving complaints, the Iowa Board of Medicine held hearings about Planned Parenthood’s decision to expand its abortion practice by using a new, substandard level of medical of care. Expenses were reduced, profits enhanced. After days of hearings from medical experts and physicians practicing in the state, the Iowa Board of Medicine outlawed the practice of “tele-med” abortions. It found that the practice was unsafe, as it became impossible for doctors to establish a genuine relationship with patients.

Planned Parenthood sued in state court. A district court found that the Iowa Board of Medicine had acted responsibly to fulfill its statutory mandate to license physicians and establish standards of care. The lower court found that the Iowa Board of Medicine had based its decision on sound medical and scientific evidence to protect the health and safety of women and girls considering a chemical abortion.

But the Iowa Supreme Court took a completely different view. In striking down the Iowa Board’s findings, it also went on to herald a “right to abortion” under the Iowa State Constitution – something which has been hidden from the people of that state since 1846.

What is even more disturbing about the Iowa Supreme Court ruling is its failure to sanction Planned Parenthood for conducting massive medical experiments upon the women and girls of Iowa – most likely without their consent. The national office of Planned Parenthood viewed Iowa as a vast laboratory they could use to lower the standards of medical care for women across the nation. After denying for years that they were conducting “tele-med” abortions, Planned Parenthood revealed in court documents that it had performed 7000 chemical abortions in Iowa over the past several years. And it is highly unlikely that in conducting such experiments, it ever revealed to the women and girls they treated that the care they were being given was experimental and failed to meet the minimum standards established by the FDA when it approved the killer drugs at the end of the Clinton Administration.

No, these women and girls were just data points.

The drive to make abortion easy, cheap and frequent has cost this nation dearly. Tens of millions of babies have paid with their lives. Millions of women have paid with their souls; thousands more have been injured or even died as a result of easy abortions. Now we see more evidence of the corruption of our legal and medical institutions at the hands of Planned Parenthood.

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David Ripley: Reflections on the Homosexual Marriage Ruling

July 7th, 2015 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Many Christians across America are grieving this weekend over the Supreme Court edict on homosexual marriage. Many must be wondering: Where did my country go? And where is it going?

Just a few years ago, homosexual behavior was illegal in every state of the Union. Today, with the meandering paragraphs of a few judges, it has become a right. How did it come to this?

Students of modern American history will see the obvious correlation between Roe v. Wade and the imposition of homosexual marriage upon a resistant nation. The process for imposing “social change” came upon us in nearly identical fashion – through the blatant abuse of power by the federal judiciary and the possessed agitation of a motivated, moneyed, small band of conspirators.

So now we shall enshrine another sin in America’s Constitution, calling it “freedom”. The two radical, lawless rulings share that commonality as well.

But they also share something deeper: They are edicts of death. The sanctification of homosexuality will harm real people, enticing some to wander into a lifestyle with notorious health and spiritual hazards. And for those homosexual couples who seek legalized marriage as a way to legitimize their unhealthy relationships, we predict they will find the institution of marriage to be very problematic.

A few years into this social experiment, it is rather easy to foresee dramatic rates of divorce among homosexual couples. The legal and financial entanglements of the institution will become more of a burden than it’s worth to many in the homosexual community, renowned for a casual and promiscuous sexual ethic.

We don’t, however, think that huge problem will diminish the luster of the victory for activists in the homosexual community. The drive to establish homosexual marriage is not about marriage, per se: it is an assault on Christianity. And make no mistake – the dragon is now on the sanctuary steps.

How will the Christian churches respond to the threat by government that they jettison parts of the Gospel to preserve their tax benefits? How will pastors and clergy react to charges that they are but purveyors of “hate speech”? We have already seen many denominations and so-called clergy make their accommodations with evil. It is likely more will do so.

But we predict many churches and pastors will be led by the Holy Spirit to a deeper appreciation of their duties under Christ. We believe that the Lord is hard at work, even in this apparently dark hour for America, to intensify the light by which we might find our way out of this swamp. Churches will not find it so easy to evade the issue of homosexual marriage as they have the abortion holocaust. The dragon is coming to find them in the quiet of their communities. They shall have to choose whom they shall serve.

Those who choose to proclaim the Gospel will be used by God to lead America into revival and redemption.

Christians are right to grieve over their nation, over the plight of those men and women who will be enticed into a destructive lifestyle by the Supreme Court and other social elites. But this is no time for despair. Christ specializes in taking what Satan has intended for our harm and turning it into a means for redemption.

The healing touch of the Savior is what this nation desperately needs.

Perhaps this is the hour that His Church will once again rise up to confront sin; to offer genuine love and hope for a sickened society.

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David Ripley: RIP Dr. Welby

June 6th, 2015 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The California Medical Association has announced that it is on board with a great re-write of medical ethics. As of last month, it no longer opposes physician-assisted suicide. Doctors in that state will no longer be bound by the Hippocratic Oath, which has already been partly repealed by the broad tolerance of abortionists within the medical profession. But now the ethical cancer has reached around to include the old, the infirm and those in despair.

The move is part of broader effort in California to legalize assisted-suicide. The CMA has withdrawn its opposition to legislation pending in the state Assembly.

The present effort by the Death Caucus in California is their sixth attempt to seduce people into killing themselves. In 1992, the people of California voted down a measure to legalize assisted suicide. Four previous bills have been defeated in the California Legislature between 1995 and 2008.

Apparently the California Democrat Party has been largely taken-over by death advocates, as two committee votes have moved the bill forward on straight party line votes.

In a small concession to those doctors still holding to the traditional Western ethical system, the California Medical Association insisted that doctors opposed to suicide be protected from any requirement that they refer or otherwise assist a patient seeking to end their lives.

Doctors speaking for the Association rationalized the policy change by pointing to changing cultural attitudes toward suicide.

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David Ripley: Hillary Assumes Pontifical Powers

April 27th, 2015 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Candidate Hillary Clinton, terminally corrupted by privilege and ambition, delivered a speech to the “Women in the World” summit recently. It was her first official campaign speech since declaring the continuation of her interrupted campaign for the presidency, and it was no accident that her central message was “Death to pre-born Children!”

We have known for some time that abortion would be Hillary’s primary campaign message.

What made this particular speech unique was Hillary’s bold declaration that God needed to get His act together on this whole abortion thing. It was past time to update the Ten Commandments.

Clinton proclaimed that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” if women were to come into full possession of their right to kill pre-born children.

Now, of course, most of those “religious beliefs” are based upon clear teachings within Scripture that teach us to hold children precious, to sacrifice ourselves for others – and, above all, not to kill the innocent. What Clinton and her comrades on the Left do not seem to understand is that our religious beliefs are not a matter of personal opinion, but, rather, one of submission to our Creator.

Clinton is not the first self-proclaimed leader to shake a fist at the Almighty. One can presume that He is not particularly impressed, though His heart is undoubtedly grieved.

And we can all be grieved that a person of such arrogance stands a chance of becoming president over this great nation.

Pro-Lifers need to be in earnest prayer that the Lord will not allow that to happen. We can ask Him to soften her heart and illuminate her understanding. We can ask Him to protect His little ones from her ambition and wrath.

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