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David Ripley: Barbieri Honored for Pro-Life Work

May 15th, 2021 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Idaho Chooses Life announced today that it has given Rep. Vito Barbieri (R-Dalton Gardens) its “Friend for Life Award”.

“This honor is given to Idahoans who have made significant contributions to the protection of our preborn children,” said ICL Executive Director David Ripley in a prepared statement. “Vito has long been a champion of the defenseless.”

Barbieri has served on the powerful State Affairs Committee in the Idaho House of Representatives for over nine years of his eleven years in the Legislature. This is the committee that deals with pro-Life legislation. Rep. Barbieri also served for more than a decade on the board of Open Arms Pregnancy Care Center in Coeur d’Alene.

“As a senior member of this key committee, Vito has played a critical role in moving big bills forward – like last year’s Trigger Law and this year’s bill to prevent additional tax dollars from going to Planned Parenthood,” Ripley added.

“But we are particularly grateful for the courageous, and often lonely, work that Rep. Barbieri put in this year on the heartbeat bill,” Ripley said. “He is a person of integrity and this public recognition is long overdue.”

Barbieri said “I want to thank Idaho Chooses Life for all of the work they do on behalf of the innocent in Idaho. It is an honor to be recognized in what’s really a collective effort to save preborn babies.”

Past recipients of the Award include Congressman Helen Chenoweth, Senator Mike Crapo, Frank Vander Sloot and Pastor Tim Remington.

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David Ripley: Texas Senate Decries Chinese Organ Harvesting

May 7th, 2021 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Reports have been circulating for some time that the Chinese government is promoting the macabre business of harvesting organs from living human beings for the purpose of transplanting them into persons for whom the Chinese Communists have higher regard. Protest marches have been held. Witnesses have exposed themselves to danger by smuggling information out of the communist nation.

According to State Senator Angela Paxton (R-Texas), the evidence is more than rumor:

“We know this is true, we know it is wrong, and that it again goes to the very heart of destroying the dignity of every human being.”

Her moral outrage led her to sponsor a resolution (since adopted by the Texas State Senate) condemning the practice.

An article in the Epoch Times reported that “prisoners of conscience – a majority of whom are adherents of the persecuted spiritual discipline of “Falun Gong”- are being killed on a “significant scale” for their organs”. Apparently, the Chinese Communists then makes these organs available to desperate people at a huge profit.

The Texas Resolution calls upon the U.S. Government to do more to confront this barbarity.

That would be a great. But the moral authority of the U.S. Government to challenge such horrendous practices in China has been greatly diminished by Joe Biden’s radical embrace of harvesting organs and tissue from aborted babies to pursue ghoulish medical experiments at taxpayer expense. Honestly – what is the difference?

In both cases, the strong are destroying the weak in order to benefit the strong with the promise of prolonged life or cures to various maladies. It is a kind of medical cannibalism.

We have written about this matter before. Since the last posting, we have discovered that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a public statement condemning the Biden Administration for its new policy of partnering with Planned Parenthood in trafficking aborted baby parts:

“The bodies of children killed by abortion deserve the same respect as that of any other person. Our government has no right to treat innocent abortion victims as a commodity that can be scavenged for body parts to be used in research. It is unethical to promote and subsidize research that can lead to legitimizing the violence of abortion.”

That is a fine statement. We welcome it, and pray for a greater uprising among the nation’s clergy. But it fails to fully anticipate the great threat posed by Biden’s new policy. What happens when universities and Big Pharma discover that they need more tissue? More organs? What happens when they develop therapies dependent upon a fresh supply of baby tissue? It seems inevitable that we are on the cusp of going beyond the horror of reaping tissue from the victims of abortion. Soon we could see these same powerful interests paying women to “grow” babies for the purpose of harvesting organs to meet an insatiable demand for “miracle” cures.

The people of Texas should be proud of Sen. Angela Paxton for her leadership in exposing the criminal regime controlling China. But, as they say, love needs to begin at home.

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David Ripley: Governor Signs Down Syndrome Bill

April 28th, 2021 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Governor Brad Little has signed HB302 into Idaho law. This legislation is the first-ever bill considered by the Legislature to address the epidemic of abortions among babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Some studies have projected that as many as 90% of Downs babies are being killed in the womb.

The bill is truly about the very least among us.

HB302 seeks to slow this tragedy by requiring the Department of Health & Welfare to include specific information about Down Syndrome in the state’s Informed Consent Booklet. This literature is provided to women and girls considering abortion as part of the mandatory 24-hour waiting period in Idaho law.

Hopefully churches, pregnancy centers and other ministries will reach out to the Department to get their contact information included in booklet.

We are betting that this modest legislation will have an outsized impact on the destruction of Downs babies, because most women facing this diagnosis were not previously abortion-minded. Under pressure, fear and misinformation, women are being led into believing that these special babies are an unbearable burden, with little chance for a meaningful life.

Not only do we wish to thank Governor Little for his support, but there are a few heroes who stepped-up big time this session to ensure that this legislation got done. Reps. Randy Armstrong and Kevin Andrus were critical supporters as the legislation was being developed. And Senator Kevin Cook took the lead in ensuring that the legislation passed the Idaho Senate.

There is much more work that needs to be done in this area. But this is a solid beginning.

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David Ripley: Biden Leads America into a New Darkness

April 24th, 2021 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

There are so many difficult and enraging things being promoted by the Biden Administration that it is difficult to keep up. And those things we notice likely fill most Americans with anxiety over the nation’s future. So it would not be surprising if you missed Biden’s most gruesome action yet: he has issued an executive order encouraging the federal government to purchase aborted baby parts and conduct medical experiments using those same baby parts and tissue. If the corporate media have covered the story at all, they have clouded it into a larger narrative of Biden reversing President Trump’s policies.

Let’s spend a bit of time developing the context and evil meaning of Biden’s action.

Remember the public outrage of just a few years ago, when we learned that Planned Parenthood was harvesting and selling aborted baby parts? Congress called for hearings. Politicians and bishops issued press releases. The public demanded that public funding be cut off for America’s largest death merchant. Other officials, including Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi, used their public power to shield Planned Parenthood from deadly political scandal.

Years have passed. The disgrace and story have faded from the public square. Planned Parenthood escaped unscathed. In fact, the only penalties being levied are against those – like David Daleiden- who publicized proof that Planned Parenthood was trafficking in aborted baby parts.

But, today, we have the federal government becoming a willing partner with Planned Parenthood in monetizing the destruction of preborn children. This is a new level of evil.

For a generation, the federal government has forced American taxpayers to subsidize Planned Parenthood under the guise of “birth control” and “reproductive health services”. It has created programs to pay for certain abortions in limited cases using tax dollars. But it has largely stood aside, as a rather neutral party, enforcing a woman’s “right” to kill her preborn baby – while not being an actual promoter of abortion.

Biden’s decision to engage in medical experimentation with aborted baby parts changes all that. He is now actively promoting the notion that it is a public policy “good” for aborted babies to be harvested like a commodity and used in government-funded medical experiments. The federal government, our government, has become a willing participant in the greatest evil of our time.

There is so much more to say about this.

Let us briefly mention, however, that it is very difficult to see a distinction between America’s new embrace of human medical experimentation and that of Germany’s under the notorious Hitler regime. Doctors and political leaders were tried at Nuremberg for their role in using the prisoners of Auschwitz and other camps as tortured guinea pigs. America led the world in holding those barbarians to account. Out of the Nuremberg Medical Trials came a new international ethical standard forbidding human experimentation without the express, informed consent of those participating. Again, it was America who led the world.

Where has that America gone?

Today, we have a president actively promoting the destruction of innocent human beings to supply the medical industry with the raw materials it cravenly demands to create new drugs and profitable treatments. We have an America paying for, and promoting, COVID-19 vaccines produced with aborted baby tissue. We now have an administration paying Planned Parenthood for the body parts of the human beings it destroys. Friends, this is shameful barbarity.

Where is the outcry from our churches? Where is the public outrage from leaders of academia or the medical profession? Where are the press releases from politicians mimicking the moral pain of their constituents? The story is but a passing headline, hardly noted even by pro-Life organizations.

America has sunk to a new level of spiritual and moral darkness.

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David Ripley: A Marker of our Descent

February 28th, 2021 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

My wife, a retired school teacher, recently handed me a book from her treasury. She wanted me to see a poem she spotted in the book. The poem is actually an expansion of the Lord’s Prayer. It was found by a Union soldier, hanging upon a wall during the battle of Corinth.

It is, indeed, a powerful poem and expression of faith.

But what really caught my attention was the book itself: “Studies in Reading – Seventh Grade”. Published in 1915, it still carries the penciled names of the students who were given charge of this treasure over the years. Christie Edwards. Charles Garvin, Jan. 1, 1918. Archie Gilbert. Wilma Markson, 1930. It was used and re-read in the Pilchuck, Washington Public Schools for over twenty five years to train the minds and characters of America’s emerging generation. The first students to use this textbook would have been in their mid-thirties when America faced the great threat of World War II. But the latter students – Archie Gilbert – would have been of prime age to face a bonsai charge on Iwo Jima.

Thus we can see the books and curriculum used to prepare the Greatest Generation for the direst challenge in American history up to that point.

The book is about 400 pages long, and includes a wide variety of reading assignments. There are great poems like “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” and “The Raven”. We find that Lord’s Prayer, as well as “Antony’s Oration” from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. There is Daniel Webster’s essay “Supposed Speech of John Adams”, and Alexander’s “The Burial of Moses”. Dozens of short stories, essays, speeches and poems which introduce a fresh mind to the great traditions and values of Western Civilization.

Such a work would not, of course, be tolerated in the modern Washington state public school system. For one thing, it offers several positive stories about George Washington. For another, it boldly presents Christianity through poems like Phillips Brooks’ “Constant Christmas”. And then there is the simple fact that professional educators would regard its wide range of reading material “too advanced” for today’s seventh grade student.

Perusing this old textbook, looking at the signatures of the once-tender students who were formed by it, I can’t help wondering where we might be headed as a society when we have given up so much. This text helped prepare a generation for greatness – leading not just to victory over Nazism, but to the “American Century”.

What will happen for a generation given nothing more inspiring than Wikipedia?

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David Ripley: Biden Declares More Vigorous Assault on the Womb

January 26th, 2021 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

As most of America mourns over the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, with its loss of well over 60 million children, the new president announced plans for a more vigorous campaign to destroy preborn children.

The Biden-Harris Administration has begun to make good on its many promises to the Abortion Industry by declaring that they will work to “codify” Roe v. Wade into federal statute. What does that mean? Well Ms. Harris told us during the campaign that she would push legislation to make it virtually illegal for states to even consider pro-Life legislation going forward. What once seemed like an absurd attack on the Constitution suddenly seems like a viable threat.

Mr. Biden declared in his statement that “the right to choose [to kill babies in the womb] has been under relentless and extreme attack” over the past four years.

That must now end. And if abortion advocates have failed to win the debate over the past 48 years, they intend to use the police powers of government to silence the opposition. That includes an effective repeal of the 10th Amendment through legislative fiat.

Mr. Biden also made clear in his statement, released on the Roe Anniversary, that he will seek to destroy the Hyde Amendment and guarantee that taxpayers will finance abortions on-demand through the Medicaid program. Those benefits will be guaranteed to illegal immigrants as well as low-income women and girls.

By one count, there have been 62,502,904 babies murdered in the womb since Roe was decided in 1973. But even that atrocious number is a very low estimate. What is really striking in Mr. Biden’s Friday statement is what is not there: Not a single suggestion of mourning or grief for all of that wanton destruction. He no longer even pretends to seek fewer abortions; Biden has now become brazen in his embrace of evil.

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David Ripley: Please Pray for Our Legislature

January 11th, 2021 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Idaho’s Legislature returns to the Capitol today. The hopes of many rest upon their shoulders.

There is a sense of an increasing oppression overlaying our country and state. The heavy hand of government is disturbing. The failure of our federal, state and local governments to operate in any kind of normal fashion adds to the general anxiety. Companies and stores, taking their cues from various political and social leaders, too often treat customers as unwelcome intruders – rather than the souls who pay the bills. Many governmental agencies won’t even meet us that far: taxpayers should simply leave a message or send an email.

We are watching, with a sense of powerlessness, the great dysfunction in our electoral system and the failure of our constitutional institutions to do anything meaningful about it.

We are scandalized by giant social media companies attacking the free speech liberties of Americans – both the powerful and the lowly; apparently doing so with the encouragement of many in government, and seemingly without consequence.

There is much work to be done at the Legislature. We have several bills we hope to enact which will help save more babies from the deadly scalpels at Planned Parenthood. But our ability to be effective this winter depends upon a restoration of an accountable, accessible government. We must pray that the Legislature finds the resolve and statesmanship to defend constitutional government; we must join together and encourage our elected representatives to help restore a functional society.

Given the disastrous developments on the national stage in recent months, it is more vital than ever that Idaho leads by example in protecting liberty and constitutional principles.

May God grant our Legislature the vision and courage we desperately need at this hour.

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David Ripley: Please Join Us in Praying for Judge Barrett

October 15th, 2020 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The circus has returned to Washington, DC with the opening of hearings on Judge Barrett’s confirmation to the US Supreme Court. It is unlikely that they will be able to smear her with alleged sexual misconduct or cropped yearbooks. Democrats have, therefore, signaled that they are willing to go lower.

They will attack her for being a mother. They will attack her for adopting two children from Haiti. They will attack her for alleged votes on future cases. They will call her filthy names and try every imaginable way to destroy her ego and self-confidence. All this despite the fact that the liberal American Bar Association has judged her to be “well-qualified” for the position. All this despite the fact that Judge Barrett has served with distinction for three years on the US Court of Appeals.

At the bottom of this confirmation battle, we have an intense spiritual fight over abortion and the abuse of power by the judicial branch.

We must support Judge Barrett and the Republicans in the Senate with faithful prayer during these trying weeks.

Thankfully, Judge Barrett is a person who values prayer. She made that publicly clear in her opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee. She further expressed her gratitude for the prayers of the faithful around the country. This is the kind of humility the Supreme Court desperately needs.

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David Ripley: The Gravity of Gorsuch’s Insane Edict

June 25th, 2020 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Much of the conservative punditry has focused their angst on John Roberts and his continued pandering to the left side of the Supreme Court. Granted, the recent DACA decision is a disappointing attempt to square a circle – but it seems fixable. At least if Donald Trump is reelected.

The more important decision is Justice Gorsuch’s opinion to force America to accept the patently false “fact” that the drafters of the original federal statute barring employment discrimination meant to include the entire “Alphabet Population” in their definition of “sex”. It is a shocking development. Mr. Gorsuch was recently appointed to the Supreme Court as an “originalist”, a “strict constructionist”, a jurist who would help restore a limited judiciary and a respect for the rule of law.

Wow. To see him lead the effort to blatantly legislate from the bench is pretty disheartening.

And it is crystal clear that Mr. Gorsuch indulged himself in the sordid business of turning the 9-member Supreme Court into something of a “super legislative branch”. We have witnessed the Idaho Legislature and many county commissioners wrestle with the social and moral implications of “adding the words”. Many hours of testimony and legal analysis have gone into the question in the Capitol building. And the Legislature has rejected the notion of legitimizing “gender identity”. (We grieve for the wasted time of those many Idaho legislative heroes whose work has just been cast aside).

Our elected lawmakers – including members of the U.S. Congress – have been peremptorily overruled by the “Uber-Legislators” wearing really smart black robes. And they have, therefore, set in motion a social revolution with dire consequences for America and our children.

Aside from the abuse of constitutional authority, it really is astonishing to see a man like Neil Gorsuch lend credibility to the absurd notion that gender is not a matter of biological reality – but one of opinion or choice or pop trend. It is such an anti-intellectual posture that one is left completely bewildered trying to account for how one of Gorsuch’s clear intelligence could validate such nonsense. His opinion is nothing less than another attack on the whole foundation of Western society — and its embrace of an objective, knowable reality.

While the Gorsuch opinion is not a finding of the U.S. Constitution per se – it is clear that the present court will have no problem creating a plethora of new “rights” for the Alphabet Crowd once given the opportunity.

But let us return to this issue of Gorsuch’s abuse of Constitutional authority. It is an axiom of conservative philosophy that the role of the US Supreme Court and federal judiciary should be greatly proscribed. It does not have the legitimate authority to create new law or new rights; those are powers reserved to the People and their elected representatives. Yet here we are: a Court we thought was “conservative” has betrayed, again, those principles. Once more we discover a justice may not have been honest when interviewed for the position. (And why does this only happen with Republican appointments to the bench?)

The obvious abuse of authority by Mr. Gorsuch and Mr. Roberts presents a serious challenge to the conservative movement: Our hopes for shrinking the abusive power acquired by the federal judiciary can no longer rest entirely on the proposition that we must win elections and find the “right” person to serve on the high court. Of course, that strategy must continue to be pursued; it is simply elementary that that strategy is insufficient. There will always be guys like Neil Gorsuch.

We must think deeper about this profound problem – as it is among the chief threats to a functioning and accountable Republican form of government.

We submit that the Founders would not be particularly shocked by a judiciary which continues to arrogate power to itself. Some of the more learned might have predicted it, based upon their mature understanding of man’s nature. In fact, they bet on it. They crafted a Constitution built upon the assumption that man would seek to build personal and institutional power; the Founders then set those baser ambitions against one another. We know this mechanism as “checks and balances” – and it was that grappling for competing power interests which would preserve our freedoms and accountable government.

This gets us closer to the problem at hand.

Upon just a rather lazy contemplation of our current straits, it becomes obvious that what we are missing is any real check upon the federal judiciary. That branch of government is out of control, and threatens our very liberty to govern ourselves, because the other branches of government have failed to provide a meaningful check upon power-grabbers like John Roberts. The Executive Branch, particularly under President Trump, cannot be much maligned for negligence in this matter since they are in regular conflict with the judiciary.

The real culprit in this tale of degrading freedom is Congress. It has been an eternity since the U.S Congress has done anything meaningful to check the abuse of power which streams from our federal benches.

We propose that the conservative movement begin demanding of politicians seeking federal office a concrete action plan for holding the judiciary accountable. The U.S. House of Representatives has at its disposal a huge weapon in the form of the appropriation process. They also have the ability to override decisions like the one just foisted upon us by Gorsuch, by amending the original discrimination in employment act by making it clear that sexual “identity” does not meet the requirements of special protections. It could also include particular protections for religious and moral objections to protect the First Amendment rights of employers.

But let’s discuss some other potential challenges to the arrogance of the judicial oligarchy.

We could demand that members of the U.S. Senate begin holding impeachment hearings on those members of the judiciary who have been convicted of crimes. We might also demand that Congress amend its various legislative actions which have granted life-time appointments to all members of the federal bench – despite the fact that the Constitution requires a life-time appointment only for members of the Supreme Court.

What if Congress enacted a ten-year term for each district and appeals court appointee? Congress might require that, at the end of that term, a judge would have to be re-confirmed. This would give senators the opportunity to review the work of said judge to see if they have upheld their oath of office. Those with a clear record of abusing their authority could be denied reconfirmation, thus opening the position to a new nominee. This change alone would likely have a profound impact on those lower court judges and their egregious willingness to thumb their nose at the public and Congress.

This is by no means presented as an exhaustive list of reforms and actions available to Congress – merely a beginning point to generate a new way of thinking about how to meet this most lethal threat to our Republican form of government.

Without a robust and concerted effort by the Congress to arrest the judiciary’s abuse of power, the trajectory is clear. It is simply irrational to continue to pin all our hopes on individual nominees to restrain themselves in the face of gross temptation. We must demand a restoration of institutional checks upon the judiciary’s lust for power. No more hand-wringing at public rallies. We must insist upon action.

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David Ripley: Thank You, Mr. President

June 25th, 2020 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Thank you, Mr. President.

Posted: 21 Jun 2020 03:29 AM PDT

Last night’s Trump rally was just what the doctor ordered. After one challenge, crisis or outrage after another – it was downright thrilling to hear President Trump offer a full-throated defense of all that is great in America. He gave voice to millions who wonder how the media and their Democrat allies could portray a nation so differently from the one we have actually experienced. He provided comfort to the millions of us who weep over the destruction of our cities and history. And Mr. Trump defended the thousands of men and women who wear the badge and answer the call to service.

Yes, this society continues to be challenged by serious problems. And we live in an era in which “solutions” are thrown against the wall by socialists and other pundits; yet rarely do they bother to do the hard work of understanding the exact nature or scope of the problem. This trend is even more pronounced now that most information in the public domain comes via Twitter or Wikipedia. New demagogues pop up like mushrooms via podcasts or Facebook.

We are greatly blessed to have a president with the courage and vision of Donald Trump. May the Lord continue to protect him and guide him.

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