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David Ripley: Idaho Legislature Chooses Life

March 19th, 2020 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The Idaho House of Representatives gave final approval to SB1385 this week in an historic rebuke to the abortion regime forced upon the states by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973. Under the legislation, virtually all abortions in Idaho will become a criminal act upon a reversal of the Roe decision.

By a vote of 49-18 (with 3 legislators absent), the Idaho House affirmed that preborn children should be protected under the laws of the state. That follows an equally-lopsided vote by the Idaho Senate last week. SB1385 now heads to the desk of pro-Life governor Brad Little.

The significance of this legislation cannot be overstated.

After some 50 years of legalized abortion, the Idaho Legislature made it clear to the Supreme Court and the nation at large that Roe is far from “settled” … and far from just. Despite the best efforts of the Abortion Lobby, its media allies, the Supreme Court, academics and other social elites – the People of Idaho, through their duly elected representatives, categorically reject the notion that it is “okay” to destroy innocent children in the womb.

Some in the pro-Life movement have sought to impede this legislation, arguing that it doesn’t really do anything. We beg to differ. This legislation will soon become the law in Idaho. It unapologetically makes 98% of all abortions happening in the state today illegal, once the Supreme Court recovers its proper limits of authority by restoring to the states the power to protect preborn babies and women from the scourge of abortion.

SB1385 contains narrow exceptions to protect the life of the mother, as well as abortions in cases of rape and incest. Many pro-Lifers are opposed to the latter exceptions – and for good reason. Babies conceived by rape are no less human, no less valuable than babies conceived in less violent circumstances. Yet, to save those babies, it is necessary to first change the current paradigm. We must re-establish the value of human life; and SB1385 does that.

Immediately upon Governor Little’s signature, this new law will begin instructing a new generation of Idahoans that the taking of innocent life is wrong. In fact, it is a crime. It says to all Idahoans that the State of Idaho rejects the contention that preborn children do not matter.

SB1385 also puts additional pressure on the US Supreme Court to reverse course on abortion “rights” and return the matter to the states – as it was from the time of the Continental Congress. Idaho becomes the 10th state to place a “trigger law” on its books – laws which make opposition to legalized abortion more than theoretical.

We wish to thank Sen. Todd Lakey and Rep. Megan Blanksma for their leadership in getting SB1385 through the Legislature – as well as the 30 other legislators who became co-sponsors of our bill to reaffirm the duty to protect the least among us.

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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: 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: Will AG Wasden Win This Lawsuit?

June 12th, 2018 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The Death Lobby recently filed a federal lawsuit against the State of Idaho, arguing that Idaho’s law on “living wills” or “advance directives” is “unconstitutional”. They are joined by the Abortion Lobby in pressing for an expanded right to destroy preborn children under the rubric of “women’s rights”.

The key issue: Idaho’s 2005 updated law on living wills provides an exception if the woman is pregnant. The justification for this exception is simple – in that case, there is another life involved. And the State of Idaho and medical personnel have a moral and legal responsibility to defend the separate rights of that preborn child to life.

The whole debate around “living wills” involves very serious moral, legal and spiritual issues. These legal documents outline the treatment choices a competent adult would make in various cases. For example, if you were in an accident and descended into a coma – would you want extraordinary medical intervention to preserve your life? Would you choose to receive food and water – while foregoing treatment options like breathing machines? And at what point would you choose one or more options?

Often, these living wills come down to making predetermined choices about when and how one might choose to die. Those theoretical questions are difficult enough for a person to make, because so much is unknown at the time those documents are signed. Many can justify such a limitation on future medical treatment because they feel they are doing their family a favor by relieving them of the burden of making difficult choices for a loved one. But this is an area fraught with troubling moral and spiritual questions in the clearest of circumstances.

The moral problems expand exponentially when one considers that this lawsuit seeks to gain a ruling striking down Idaho’s protections for preborn children.

It is one thing for an adult woman to choose death for herself, under the present structure of Idaho’s Living Will law. But it is a whole different question when one considers that there is another life at stake.

Let’s look at just one implication of this lawsuit: What if a woman files a living will with the state, stating that she does not want food & water in certain circumstances. A couple of years later, she gets married. Then pregnant. But her legally-binding choices are not updated in light of her new circumstances. Suddenly, she is in the hospital after an accident. The doctors would be required to follow her previous wishes, regardless of the desires of her husband – even if he were certain that his wife would want to preserve their baby’s life by staying on life support. It is our understanding that the filed living will would overrule any other consideration. The hospital and courts would be bound to honor the wishes outlined in that old document. That is but one reason that the Idaho Legislature had the wisdom to provide for the pregnancy exception when updating this highly complex code section.

One of the participants in this lawsuit is “Compassion & Choices” – a leading advocate of assisted suicide in the nation. We previously battled them here in Idaho when they decided that the Gem State needed to widen its welcome mat for an evil philosophy built on the worship of death. (These are the people who have hoodwinked Washington and Oregon; they are at work in California as we speak).

They are back in Idaho to advance their dark agenda – this time, hiding behind the curtain of “women’s rights”.

So it is now up to Lawrence Wasden to defend the thoughtful work of the Idaho Legislature. Frankly, his record in the area of defending preborn children leaves a lot to be desired. Most of the time he loses quickly to the Abortion Lobby. So we are concerned, particularly because the case is already highly politicized: One of the pregnant women participating in the lawsuit is Chelsea Gaona-Lincoln, a Democrat running in Caldwell for the Idaho House against our good friend, Rep. Greg Chaney.

One interesting dynamic of this lawsuit is the fact that Ms. Lincoln’s baby is expected in July, which would seem to raise questions about her legal standing to bring this suit.

Ms. Lincoln’s spouse – Democrat Evangeline Beechler – is also running for the Legislature, and is the Democrat nominee against Sen. Jim Rice this fall. Both have been very active advocates for the LGBTQ agenda at the Legislature.

We need to be encouraging Mr. Wasden to stand tall and expend the resources necessary to win this important case.

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David Ripley: Planned Parenthood Dances Around the Golden Calf

May 20th, 2018 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Lifes

The folks at Planned Parenthood must be giddy over their incredible good fortune, just when they needed a shot in the arm. President Trump continues to press in on their tax subsidies. His administration just announced that they are going to revise the rules regarding Title X money. Now the rules will match the language of the federal law duly enacted by Congress. No longer will the federal government allow grantees to treat abortion as a legitimate method of “birth control”. Now Planned Parenthood will have to maintain separate facilities – one for their abortion business, another for delivering “family planning” services. But more on this great development later.

Just when things were looking rather bleak for the Abortion Industry – Idaho “conservatives” delivered a huge Christmas gift months early. In last week’s primary, a lion of the pro-Life movement, Rep. Tom Loertscher, was defeated for re-election by 139 votes out of over 6400 cast.

We can see Planned Parenthood and the LGBT activists partying all weekend, dancing around the Golden Calf, giving thanks to the gods they serve.

There is no person in the Legislature who has done more to thwart their evil agenda than Tom Loertscher. He has carried numerous bills into law over his nearly-three decades of service to the People of Idaho. Like Parental Consent for minors to get an abortion. Like conscience protections for medical workers who don’t want to do abortions. Or restricting the use of RU-486.

But names on important bills are only a small measure of Loertscher’s contributions to defending families, babies and religious liberty. As Chairman of the House State Affairs, he has been a critical behind-the-scenes negotiator with agencies and other lobbies to move the pro-Life agenda forward. The hours he has devoted to securing our victories in the Idaho Legislature are beyond count.

He has stood so many times, fearlessly and firmly confronting Planned Parenthood and the other wacko groups which come before his committee. Politely and wisely he has worked through the process to protect our most essential values and freedoms. Loertscher has stood, a giant of a man, in the way of those who would prey upon our children and vulnerable women. He has always found the courage to defend decency.

Nor will we be the only ones who will miss him: Loertscher was a rare legislator with a deep reverence for the Constitution and the institution of the Legislature itself. He knew the rules and traditions which allow the Legislature to function civilly, restraining political egos gone mad. His long public service has given him a deep wisdom, allowing him to see beyond the passions of a particular moment, to keep his eyes on the principles which nurture and renew a Republic.

To our friends at Planned Parenthood: Enjoy your moment. Even as we grieve the loss of Tom Loertscher, we trust that the Lord will raise up new leaders to help defend the Gospel. And to our friends claiming to be the guardians of a new “conservatism”: You have no idea the damage you have done through your foolishness.

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David Ripley: Congratulations, Lt. Governor Little

May 18th, 2018 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

We offer sincere congratulations to Lt. Governor Brad Little on his primary election win this week.

Mr. Little overcame substantial obstacles to secure his victory. He faced a certain fatigue among Republican voters since he was an integral part of the Otter Administration. It was common knowledge among political operatives in Idaho that he was behind in the race for Governor for much of the past year.

Yet Little doggedly pursued his dream of leading Idaho. He personally campaigned as hard as any candidate on the ballot this year. That suggests he will bring vigor to the Governor’s office.

But first he will have to overcome a concerted effort by national Democrats this fall.

Paulette Jordan fits the mold of chic identity politics better than just about anyone else running in the country. She is a young feminist, she is an attractive female, and she is of Native American descent. National Democrats will be more than willing to pour massive dollars into her campaign – which is not so much about their belief that Jordan will win, as it is a chance to burnish their own credentials and bring offerings to the altar of progressivism.

Ms. Jordan has already been embraced by Planned Parenthood – which is only right, given her perfect anti-Life record in the Idaho Legislature. For a while, she served on the House State Affairs Committee, so we have considerable experience with her on abortion and related life issues. She was always pleasantly hostile.

But there will be plenty of time to deal with the general election.

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David Ripley: Social Media Giants Clamp Down on Pro-Life Movement

May 9th, 2018 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Now that the engineers at social media giants like Google, Facebook and YouTube have achieved empire – the natural Leftist impulse to control freedom can be given expression. There have been staggering revelations over the past year detailing the work of social engineers like Zuckerberg to use their control of the internet to shape the politics and culture of America.

Now more evidence of a specific attack on the pro-Life movement has emerged. The folks at YouTube have just shut down an account which sought to inform women that there is a chance to reverse a chemical abortion. They declared information about Abortion Pill Reversal to be “dangerous”. Almost the exact words used by Planned Parenthood this past session when they opposed an Idaho law this past session requiring information to be included in the state’s Informed Consent brochure.

Idaho Chooses Life itself has come under censorship during this primary election by Facebook.

Our endorsed candidate for state Treasurer, Julie Ellsworth, wanted to link an ad to our Facebook page using a photo from our Life Chain event. The photo showed a lovely family holding a sign shaped like a traffic STOP sign. Across the front were the words, “Stop Abortion Now”. The censors at Facebook refused to publish the photo because the words were found to be “offensive to community standards”.

Of course, we’re all too busy right now with election work to start a counter-fight with the behemoth that is Facebook. So the photo was changed to accommodate the sensibilities of some twenty-year-old, pro-abort technoid in California. Not the end of the world, to be sure. But of substantial concern.

Conservatives must soon come to grips with the immense power now being brandished by Google, Zuckerberg and the partners at Twitter. The false news and tightening censorship spewing from these shops pose a real challenge to the Republic.

Because conservatives have a passion for freedom – particularly freedom of expression and thought – we will have to look towards encouraging the development of alternative internet-based vehicles to share ideas and communicate with our neighbors. Perhaps investors can be found to help ignite an alternative to Facebook – an alternative which cherishes the First Amendment.

In the meantime, we must lament the tragedy of Google’s work to deprive women and girls in crisis of real-world alternatives to chemical abortion.

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David Ripley: Primary Endorsements Now Posted On-Line

May 7th, 2018 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The Board of Idaho Chooses Life has completed its review of state and legislative candidates for the 2018 Primary Election on May 15. Those endorsement decisions are now posted on-line, by region, on our website: IdahoChoosesLife.org.

We wish to thank the men and women who quietly and faithfully serve Idaho by holding a seat on the Board of this ministry. They have devoted many hours this spring to sorting through the races, interviewing candidates and reviewing the records of those seeking office. There have been a lot of tough decisions to make this year.

Given the huge stakes in this primary, Board members have felt their responsibility keenly and have worked hard to offer their best judgment to the pro-Life citizens of Idaho. May the Lord bless them for their humble service.

As we enter this final stretch of the primary, we ask that you pray for those men and women seeking office. May the Lord keep them safe as they work their hearts out and travel across this great state. May He give them courage to speak truth to the People of Idaho.

And may the Lord provide us with a righteous leadership for the years ahead.

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David Ripley: Fulcher for Congress

April 30th, 2018 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The Board of Idaho Chooses Life has voted to endorse Russ Fulcher for the U.S. Congress in Idaho’s 1st District.

Fulcher’s history with the pro-Life battle is deep and long. His passion for defending God’s gift of Life is measured by his actions over decades. Russ was the first president of Idaho Chooses Life Alliance, Inc., the 501(c)3 arm of this ministry some eighteen years ago. Over the years he has helped raise money for the pro-Life movement in Idaho. Not just this ministry but pro-Life pregnancy centers like Stanton.

In his second year in the state senate, Fulcher sponsored the final Parental Consent Law in the Senate, following a decade-long battle to protect our daughters from the lies, deceptions and manipulations of the Abortion Industry.

He led the Senate fight on our legislation to make it a felony to assist or participate in the suicide of another person. This law was a direct response to the threat posed by a national group (“Compassionate Choices”) which decided to target Idaho as the next victim in their campaign to legalize and normalize assisted suicide across America. With Fulcher’s help, we were able to push them out of Idaho. And they’ve not been back since.

Fulcher then moved into a leadership position in the State Senate, in which he became a facilitator and advocate of the pro-Life agenda.

In contrast with the other candidates, Russ Fulcher’s pro-Life commitment is profound, deep and long.

One of his opponents, Luke Malek, claims to have a “100% pro-Life record”. That claim is false. He carries a B- grade with this organization. He voted to implement ObamaCare in Idaho. Even worse, he voted against our Religious Liberty Amendment to the Insurance Exchange that same session – an amendment based upon the Hobby Lobby lawsuit that sought to protect Idaho employers from being forced into paying abortion-causing drugs. (And, by the way, Fulcher was a co-sponsor of that amendment in the State Senate, along with Sheryl Nuxoll).

Rep. Christy Perry has a worse Life Rating: She has a ‘C’ grade. She shares the Malek votes for ObamaCare and against our Religious Liberty Amendment. But just this session, she supported legislation that would have provided $29 million in new monies for Planned Parenthood. That is hardly the behavior of a “pro-Life” person – and certainly no one we need in Congress.

Former AG David Leroy does not have much of a record, but we are troubled by some of his answers to our questionnaire. He is not committed to ending federal funding of Planned Parenthood. And his fealty to the federal judiciary – despite their gross abuse of power in legalizing abortion, imposing same-sex marriage and a host of other perversions of the Constitution –is of great concern. Congress must accept its responsibility to check this out-of-control branch of government if the Republic is to survive.

And, finally, Michael Snyder. There is no doubt that he is strongly pro-Life. He provided us with an outstanding questionnaire. We’ve had meetings with him and it is clear that he has passion for ending the holocaust. Yet we are troubled by the fact that we only met him once he became a candidate for Congress. We are left wondering where he’s been for the last twenty-plus years that we have been battling the forces of darkness at the Statehouse and in the culture. It is not enough to hold pro-Life convictions. And it is not enough to be right. There must be action and sacrifice if we are to ever bring this horror to an end in America. Hopefully, once this race is over, we will be able to build a long and fruitful relationship with Mr. Snyder that strengthens the movement and saves lives. We would certainly welcome his help and support.

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