Thursday, March 31, 2005

Parental Consent Passes the Senate

Yet more good news to share with you today. On Tuesday evening, the Idaho Senate passed the Parental Consent Amendment bill, 23 to 12. The governor has already indicated he will sign the measure. Because of special language in the bill, we should have an effective Parental Consent Law back in place within a couple weeks.

That is tremendously good news for Idaho’s daughters and their parents.

Only one Democrat supported the measure – Sen. Bert Marley of McCammon. 6 Republicans voted against Parental Consent for teenage abortions.

They are Joyce Broadsword and Shawn Keogh, both of Bonner County; Charles Coiner of Twin Falls, Tom Gannon of Buhl, Joe Stegner of Lewiston and Gary Schroeder of Moscow. Perhaps you will get a chance to visit with these folks when they return home next week.

One of the highlights of the floor action was listening to the debate of newly appointed Senator Russ Fulcher. He was appointed to take Jack Noble’s place on Tuesday morning. It was fitting that his first floor debate came in defense of preborn children and Idaho families. We predict great things for Idaho’s newest state senator.

Of course, the celebration can’t last very long. The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood have promised to file suit. While they have conceded that the new ‘medical emergency’ language is clearly constitutional – they are quite upset about provisions in the law which reinstate a requirement that parents be notified if an abortionist performs an emergency abortion on their daughter. This is just common sense protection of a girl’s health. But don’t tell that to the folks who want free abortions at any time and for any reason.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

The New Age Philosophy Undergirding Schiavo Case

WorldNetDaily carried an illuminating and disturbing news article yesterday on the Terri Schiavo tragedy. It helps us understand better what is going on in this heartbreaking situation, in which America stands helplessly by as our courts order the death of a defenseless woman.

One of the faces we’ve become familiar with these past weeks is George Felos, attorney for the erstwhile husband seeking Terri’s untimely and unseemly death by dehydration.

It’s clear that Mr. Felos has a certain problem with: He magnanimously announced that his client would seek an autopsy after Terri’s death – to “answer questions” raised about Michael Schiavo’s motives. What he didn’t confess is that an autopsy is required by Florida law in cases where any body is cremated. Thus we see a lawyer moving to score cheap p.r. points for his client.

In 2002, Felos wrote a book entitled, “Litigation As Spiritual Practice”. In it he describes an eerie encounter with the spirit of a comatose woman:

“As Mrs. Browning lay motionless before my gaze, I suddenly heard a loud deep moan…. I felt the mid-section of my body open and noticed a strange light….I sensed her soul in agony….My soul touched hers and in some way I communicated that she was still locked in her body. I promised I would do everything in my power to gain the release her soul cried for….I knew without doubt what had transpired was real….”

This passage gives us some insight into the fact that there are profound “New Age” spiritual forces at work in the march to kill Terri.

Underpinning the tragedy in Florida is the clash between the New Age and Christian principles.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Planned Parenthood Squeals Under AG Pressure

Planned Parenthood of America, the nation’s largest abortion provider, held a news conference to denounce in no uncertain terms the attorneys general in Kansas and Indiana for their audacity in putting their operations under scrutiny.

They blasted the two attorneys general for trying to discourage women from getting abortions – or even basic health care. Planned Parenthood called the investigations “an attack on medical privacy”.

How dare these law enforcement officers attempt to investigate widespread allegations of child sexual abuse! Don’t they know that the dark veil of privacy cloaks victims as well as victimizers? Haven’t they read Supreme Court decisions which elevate the “right” to abortion as among the most sacred in this new America?

Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline held his own news conference in response. He made it clear that he and his deputies have been investigating the unreported sexual abuse of children for over a year. He has made every effort to keep the investigation quiet, to protect the confidentiality of medical records he needs to bring his investigation to a fruitful conclusion. But it was the abortion clinics who have made the investigation public. Planned Parenthood is now in front of the Kansas Supreme Court – demanding that the court allow them to keep medical records of teenagers private, even in cases of suspected cases of criminal abuse.

A recent column in the Indianapolis Star defended the efforts of Indiana’s Attorney General. Ruth Holladay points out that Indiana law defines a sexually active child under the age of 14 as a victim of sexual abuse. The state has a legal and moral duty to protect that girl. Period.

If Planned Parenthood follows the law – they should prove it.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Schiavo Case Points Out Grave Issues in the Former Republic

As I write this, Terri Schiavo still clings to life. Perhaps by the time this is broadcast, she will be with the Lord. There are many issues to talk about in the battle for Life – but I am heavy-hearted by what is happening and am compelled to share with you my thoughts.

Last week was an amazing and deeply disturbing view of government in modern America. Not the way it was supposed to work when the Founding Fathers risked life and family to establish a new kind of government. And not the way we were told it worked as children in school.

I have often been compelled to speak out about the disproportionate power wielded by the judiciary in this nation, usually in the context of abortion. But I think it is fair to say that the entire nation was confronted with this profound dysfunction in the run-up to the fatal drama of Terri Schiavo.

State courts order police officers about as if they were employees of the judicial branch. State judges issue decrees telling state agencies and elected officials that they cannot fulfill their duties under the Constitution and statutes. State judges ignore subpoenas issued by the U.S. Congress. Federal courts brush aside laws duly enacted by the Congress and President.

Whatever you think about the Schiavo tragedy specifically – this raw display of power by the “super branch” of government ought give you serious alarm. I submit that the imbalance of power between the branches of government has reached the level whereby we live under the effective rule of an oligarchy. The legislative and executive branches have been consigned to narrow areas of authority – mostly administrative functions too mundane for judges to bother with; or powers which the judiciary yet covets.

Some have criticized President Bush and his brother, Governor Jeb Bush, for failing to take matters into their own hands. Personally, I view this criticism as unfair. This situation has been developing for decades, as our elected officials have yielded more and more of their duty to the black-robed lords of governance. The spirit and insight of Abraham Lincoln has vanished: He was convinced that the Executive Branch had its own duty to interpret and enforce the Constitution. He thought it a violation of his sacred oath to simply defer to the judiciary on matters involving the soul and hopes of a nation.

And we, collectively, bear much of the blame. We have not been paying sufficient attention. We have not been demanding that our elected officials push back against the threats of a judiciary run amok.

The price we must now pay is to stand, powerless and grieving, as an innocent is shamelessly put to death.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Battle for Parental Consent Hits Senate Floor

Early this morning, the Senate State Affairs held a meeting to consider HB351, legislation designed to restore Idaho’s Parental Consent Law. We anticipate the legislation will pass on a 5-4 vote to the full Senate.

From there – the real work begins. Depending upon how Senate leadership decides to handle the final issues of the session, we could see HB351 on the Senate floor any day now.

I would urge you, therefore, to help us today. A phone call to your state senator, urging support for this crucial legislation, could make all the difference to the outcome. The toll-free number is 1-800-626-0471. I’ll give you that number again in a minute.

Idaho Chooses Life has been working on Parental Consent since 1997. We led efforts to get the legislation enacted in 2000 and have been at work faithfully ever since, helping the State of Idaho defend this law against the tenacious assault of Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. We’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars, and thousands of hours in this effort.

And you know what? It has been more than worth it.

During the floor debate in the House, Rep. Bill Sali – the chief architect of Idaho’s law – told members of the House that Idaho’s Parental Consent has reduced the teenage abortion rate by some 30% between 2000 and 2003, the last year for which we have data. That is not just a number – that is life. In fact, many lives. There are toddlers playing in living rooms today because of you. And there are young women who have not begun their adulthood carrying the suffering of an abortion history.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

A Great Day at the Idaho Legislature

Without doubt, Tuesday was the highlight of the 2005 session for those of us who care about the sanctity of life and protection of the family.

The House of Representatives convened a special afternoon session in order to expedite HB351, the Parental Consent Amendment bill. After lengthy debate, it passed by a vote of 50-18. That was a stronger margin than I’d expected – and is a testament to those of you who have supported the work over these many years. It seems abundantly clear to Idaho legislators that you will demand this basic protection for our daughters and families.

Bob Ring of Caldwell was one of the leaders of debate against the bill. This Republican argued that if the legislation passed, it would pose a hardship on abortionists and girls. Ring feared that it might result in girls using coat hangers on themselves. And, then, strangely, he voted for the bill.

We now face a tight timeframe in getting the bill through the Senate. I need your help in contacting members of the Senate – immediately. The toll-free number is 1-800-626-0471.

I am also exceedingly glad to report to you that the Planned Parenthood bill, SB1140, was killed by the House Health & Welfare Committee that same day. Again, the vote was stronger than I figured. By the end, only Democrats Elmer Martinez, John Rusche and Margaret Henbest voted for Planned Parenthood – along with Caldwell Republican Bob Ring.

I’d like to take this opportunity to especially acknowledge the support we received from Rep. Janice McGeachin and Rep. Pete Nielsen. Their debate against the bill captured the heart of the matter.

And thank you for your help. Your prayers and calls made the difference.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Legislative Update

With the legislature working to adjourn, we face some big battles over tax funding for Planned Parenthood and Idaho’s Parental Consent Law.

Both issues were to have been dealt with in the Idaho House yesterday – and I’ll have more to say about those battles in tomorrow’s update. As of this writing, I feel pretty confident about our chances to pass the Parental Consent amendments on the House floor. The real battle for this legislation will come on the Senate floor.

It is by no means too early for you to begin calling members of the Senate. They need to hear from average folks – demanding that this law to protect our daughters, our families, is restored at the earliest possible moment. You can leave a message for your state senator at 332-1000. If you’re not sure who your senator is – the receptionists answering the phone would be most happy to help you.

And now a word about HB196 – Rep. Rydalch’s bill to reform Idaho’s Informed Consent Law. This tremendous bill, based upon model legislation developed by Americans United for Life, is stuck in the House State Affairs Committee.

We have reached a decision with Rep. Rydalch to postpone consideration of this legislation until next session. That is a painful decision – because the need for powerful and effective protections of Idaho mothers considering abortion is very great. But the committee make-up is simply too hostile to the interests of mothers and babies. There is no reasonable hope we could get a fair hearing before this panel.

In the meantime, we will continue to press for effective enforcement of Idaho’s current law. Women thinking about abortion must know beforehand of the risks and alternatives to abortion.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Rep. Sali Pushes to Restore Parental Consent Law

With the Idaho Legislature beginning to close in adjourning for the year, a big push is now on to recover Idaho’s Parental Consent Law.

On Friday afternoon, the House Health & Welfare Committee spent several hours listening to a presentation from Kuna Republican Bill Sali. Rep. Sali has spent a good part of the session working on amendments to the Parental Consent Law in order to guarantee that our daughters have protections in place at the earliest moment.

As you’ll recall, three judges in San Francisco, sitting on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, struck down Idaho’s Parental Consent Law last fall. They claimed that our ‘medical emergency’ provision was too tough.

Their decision is under appeal to the United States Supreme Court. Perhaps the Court will decide to spend some time correcting judicial abuse in favor of America’s families. But in the likely event that the Court determines it is too busy – we can’t afford to have our daughters easy prey for the Abortion Industry. Rep. Sali’s legislation would amend the ‘medical emergency’ definition.

In addition, the Sali bill, HB351, would provide for the appointment of a guardian ad litem in cases where girls seek to go around their parents by seeking a judicial bypass. This should help judges get a little better handle on what’s going on with the girl, and what kind of help she might really need.

The bill is now on the House floor. Your calls of support to legislators would be greatly appreciated.

The bill passed the Health & Welfare Committee on an 8-4 vote. Margaret Henbest, Elmer Martinez and John Rusche voted against the bill. The only Republican to do so was Bob Ring of Caldwell.

Reps. Sharon Block, Kathie Garrett, Bill Sali, Janice McGeachin, Pete Nielsen, Tom Loertscher and Paul Shepherd supported the legislation.

Republican Carlos Bilbao, Emmett, first supported a motion by Democrat Margaret Henbest to hold the bill in committee; when that motion failed, Bilbao switched to support sending the bill to the House floor.

Monday, March 21, 2005

The Courts & The Culture

You remember the work that Kansas AG Phill Kline is dutifully pursuing. Last week, the Kansas Supreme Court issued a partial ruling in Kline’s bid to gain access to abortion clinic records. They will not order documents sealed.

In other words, the Court would not order participants in the dispute from talking about the case. Kline expressed outrage at the ruling – he’s worried that the targets of his investigation might be tipped-off by Planned Parenthood and other abortionists.

Kline believes the abortion industry is more concerned about protecting themselves from potential criminal liability than they are protecting patient privacy.

And speaking of Kansas: During a visit to Lawrence, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a former attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, made an incredible comment in response to a question.

This hard-core abortion advocate is reported to have said that she thinks the Supreme Court may have made a mistake by issuing the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. She argued not that the ultimate decision was wrong – but that the court may have forced the issue prematurely against the wishes of the American people. She apparently thinks that the country would have been better off if the “right” to an abortion had developed more gradually – through the political process.

Of course, we disagree with Ginsburg political and social agenda. But it is a fairly revolutionary admission by one of the most liberal judges in the nation. The implication of her remarks is a recognition that the federal courts should, perhaps, not be the great engines of social change they have become.

One last thing: The Planned Parenthood Funding Bill, SB1140, may be up tomorrow. Please keep those calls coming! Call members of the House Health & Welfare Committee at 1-800-626-0471, or 332-1000.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Might Republicans Actually Take a Stand?

Things are about to reach the boiling point in the nation’s capitol. Strange enough, a Boisean may be the match that lights the fire.

Boisean William Meyers is the first judicial nominee on the Democrats’ “Dangerous Dozen” list to come up for a vote on the Senate floor. These prominent attorneys and judges have all been given at least passing grades by the American Bar Association – but Democrats claim that the Republic will be imperiled if they are confirmed to various positions in the federal judiciary.

They are so concerned that they held a news conference to bluster about the sacred constitution they have done so much to pervert over the past several decades. They claimed a minority’s right to amend that document by insisting that they had a right to impose a 60-vote rule in order for nominees to be confirmed. Like many other so-called “rights” discovered by the Left – this one doesn’t appear in the actual words of the document; but that is a subtle detail.

Apparently the high-toned patience of Senate Republicans is wearing thin. They are beginning to seriously consider amending Senate rules to make it clear that this filibuster tactic is out-of-bounds when it comes to the confirmation process.

That possibility brought out the entire Democrat caucus this week. They fear that the Republicans might actually use the power they’ve been by the American people to put some modest brake on the runaway judiciary. So Democrats are doing what usually works – they threaten and bluster, scream racism, fascism and victimhood. Such language generally makes Republicans behave. We shall see.

Given the grave threat posed to freedom and self-governance by the federal judiciary, let us hope Republicans stand tall.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Now Indiana AG Investigates Planned Parenthood

We’ve already reported that the Kansas Attorney General, Phill Kline, was engaged in a battle to gain access to certain medical records in that state in order to determine if criminal activity was being covered up by Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

Now comes a story from Indiana: The Attorney General in that state, Steve Carter, are beginning to review records at 40 different Planned Parenthood clinics around the state. They have already seized records of eight patients. It is thought that Carter is seeking information about the crimes perpetrated against girls as young as 12.

It will come as no surprise that Planned Parenthood is fighting this investigation claw-and-fang. The organization has filed a lawsuit to stop the investigation in its tracks, arguing that the Attorney General is merely on a “fishing expedition”. In effect, they seek to protect criminals under a big tent of “privacy”.

No doubt some of their twisted reasoning is related to a rabid defense of abortion. But there is more to Planned Parenthood’s legal position: there is actually a piece of their sexual ethics which seeks to liberate children from the “bondage” of parental authority and paternalistic laws like statutory rape. This organization honestly believes that children have a right to privacy which includes the right to sexual experimentation. To defend that notion, they are willing to become co-conspirators with sexual predators.

It is in this context that we must appreciate the threat posed by legislation like SB1140. The drive to provide huge public funding to this organization is a serious threat to the family, to the public health and safety.

The House Health & Welfare Committee will take up this legislation tomorrow. Please call your representatives today.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Just Two Days Left for Terri Schiavo

I’d like to bring you up-to-date on efforts to save Terri Schiavo’s life. As you know, she has been sentenced to die as of this Friday at 5 pm, Florida time.

We reported last week that numerous motions were pending before Judge Greer. Here is the dismal report on his dismissal of every reasoned attempt to save her life.

Judge Greer denied a motion by Terri’s parents to be allowed to continue feeding her and giving her water by mouth after the tubes are removed on Friday.

Judge Greer denied motions by the family asking for additional medical tests on Terri’s condition, and a modern evaluation of her chances for recovery. In making the motion, Terri’s parents presented affidavits from international experts on Terri’s situation and their success in helping other patients in similar condition. One was a Nobel Laureate. Judge Greer was unimpressed and unmoved.

Judge Greer also dispatched with a motion from Florida’s Department of Children & Families – their version of a Department of Health & Welfare. They asked for a temporary stay of the Judge’s execution order, so they might investigate 30 detailed allegations of abuse, neglect or exploitation.

In brushing the motion aside, Judge Greer wrote that the state’s motion “appears to be brought for the purpose of circumventing the court’s final judgment … in violation of the separation of powers doctrine.”

And there, my friends, is the bald truth about why, exactly why, Terri Schiavo must die. She is a pawn in a power struggle, a mere chip on the table, as the nation’s judiciary continues to press outward the envelope of its control over our lives.

There are some last minute actions pending in Congress and the Florida legislature – but prayer is now our most effective weapon. But for God’s mercy, there lies you or I.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Planned Parenthood Bill Comes for Hearing

Well, our fears have materialized. The Speaker of the Idaho House, Bruce Newcomb, has moved SB1140 out of the Ways & Means Committee. In a late Friday afternoon meeting, this committee referred the “Planned Parenthood Funding Bill” to the House Health & Welfare Committee for a hearing.

My best guess is that this legislation will be heard tomorrow afternoon.

We believe the vote will be very close. Your help is urgently needed.

The Idaho Women’s Network and Planned Parenthood are mobilizing their believers into contacting House members. Email alerts are flying across the state – urging feminists to confront the “lies being spread by Idaho Chooses Life” about this legislation. I’m looking at a copy of one such email; it doesn’t specify which “lies” are at stake. But I presume they are simply unhappy about being exposed.

They claim in this email that Idaho Chooses Life is “anti-birth control”. For the record, we don’t have a position against birth control per se. Nor do oppose expanded health care for women and girls – on the contrary, we have fought battles in the Idaho Legislature to expand the CHIP program to provide greater care for babies and their mothers.

We oppose the politicization of health care. The proponents of this bill are driven not by the needs of women – but by the need to use government money to advance a radical political and social agenda.

More specifically, we oppose paying Planned Parenthood to provide abortion counseling or counseling related to sexual issues.

We urge you to contact your House members in the Legislature. The toll-free number is 1-800-626-0471.

Key members of the House Health & Welfare Committee:

Rep. Sharon Block, Chair
Rep. Kathie Garrett, Vice-Chair
Rep. Bill Sali
Rep. Janice McGeachin
Rep. Pete Nielsen
Rep. Tom Loertscher
Rep. Carlos Bilbao
Rep. Paul Shepherd

Monday, March 14, 2005

Planned Parenthood’s Vision for the World

With SB1140 – the “Planned Parenthood Funding Bill” – still looming over Idaho like a dark cloud, let’s look deeper at this most dangerous organization.

I have a copy of Planned Parenthood’s statement of long-term goals. Here are some of these “Top Ten” objectives:

Number 1 is ensure that “sexuality is understood as a lifelong aspect of being human’. Translation: Planned Parenthood intends to expand sex education efforts based on European models. They specifically cite the Netherlands, where Planned Parenthood indoctrination begins in preschool.

Goal Number 2 is to establish a right to free, universal access to various birth control methods, including abortion.

Goal Number 3 commits Planned Parenthood to writing and passing constitutional amendments in all 50 states to guarantee the right to abortion on demand. A federal amendment will secure abortion as a right on a plane with the right to freedom of worship.

Goal Number 4 is to establish, through the U.N. and international treaty, an international right to free birth control and abortion. They envision U.S. taxpayers paying a large chunk of the bill.

Goal Number 5 commits the organization to creating a new media company which will produce, distribute and broadcast sex programming; presumably this means a more diverse offering of pornography for American audiences.

Goal Number 8 makes it clear that Planned Parenthood intends to play a major role in shaping public opinion on the emerging bio-medical technologies like embryonic stem cell research.

Goal Number 9 states that Planned Parenthood is set on building the largest activist/donor base of any social movement in the nation.

Is this an organization with which you want to partnered? Call your house members and urge them to oppose SB1140. 1-800-626-0471

Friday, March 11, 2005

Surprising Success at the United Nations

There has been quite a battle raging over the past several weeks at the U.N. headquarters in New York. The United States government has been waging battle against some foreign governments and lobbying organizations like Planned Parenthood International.

A senior US official told CNS News that the United States recognizes no fundamental “right” to abortion, and will continue to battle groups who are trying to hijack language in key U.N. documents so as to interpret terms like ‘sexual rights’ to mean ‘abortion’.

That key official is Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey, the U.S. delegate to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. The Bush Administration has been pressing for a clear statement by the Commission that U.N. documents do not create any new international rights – particularly the right to an abortion.

There was a measure of victory this week. The U.S. dropped its efforts to attach an explicit anti-abortion amendment to conference documents – in exchange for admissions by a number of European nations that the soon-to-be released document is abortion neutral.

Needless to say, Planned Parenthood & Co. suffered a major setback in their drive to establish an impregnable international right to abortion. It has long been their strategy to use international law as a means of bludgeoning individual nations into accepting abortion as an inherent function of womanhood.

This strategy even has ramifications for the United States: Several recent Supreme Court decisions have elevated U.N. documents to precedent influencing American law.

Strange enough – here is another piece of good news out of the U.N.: Delegates passed a resolution calling on member nations to outlaw human cloning in all forms.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

National Parental Defense Legislation Introduced

Legislation has been introduced in the Congress to put some real teeth into efforts by a majority of states to regulate teenage abortions. For years, various state legislatures have struggled to create protections for girls considering abortions. A vast majority of Americans believe that parents should be involved in the decision; an equally vast proportion of the abortion fringe – including Planned Parenthood of Idaho – believes that girls should be free to choose abortion without parental interference.

The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act would help bolster state laws by making it illegal to transport a girl across state lines for the purpose of getting an abortion, thereby circumventing the home state law on parental consent.

This kind of legislation is quite important to the families of Idaho. A large proportion of abortions performed on Idaho children occur in Washington state – a place with much more liberal laws on abortion.

And speaking of Idaho’s Parental Consent Law: Currently, our statute requiring at least one parent to agree to a girl’s abortion is seriously cobbed-up by a ruling from Leftists on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The State of Idaho is appealing their decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is a long-shot quest for justice. We believe the Legislature should act this year to amend Idaho’s Parental Consent Law in order to restore protections for our daughters.

More on that later.

In the meantime, we urge you to contact Congressmen Simpson and Otter to urge their support for the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida. President Bush has apparently already committed support for the bill. Similar legislation has passed the House 3 times – but has never received a Senate vote.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Crucial Developments in the Terri Schiavo Drama

There is a hectic pace of legal maneuverings going on in Florida this week, all related to efforts to save Terri Schiavo’s life. On Monday, Judge Greer dealt with ten separate motions, including one that would allow Terri’s parents or nurses at the hospice to feed Terri by mouth should Judge Greer stick to his plan of pulling her feeding tube on Friday, March 18th.

Yesterday, Bob and Mary Schindler presented affidavits from 17 different medical experts – including neurologists – before Judge Greer. They are urging the court to order new tests on Terri. With rapid developments in new technology since the late 1980s, there is every likelihood that Terri can be helped.

And today, the court will hear motions by the Florida Department of Children and Families. They want the judge to allow them time to investigate allegations of twenty different instances of abuse or neglect. The charges range from concerns over Terri’s original injuries to issues surrounding her lack of care and rehabilitation during the decade she has languished in a Florida hospice.

This coming weekend, there will be a rally of various state and national groups to urge the Florida government to intervene. Rally participants will hold some 1,000 long-stemmed roses; they will be delivered to Florida lawmakers next Monday.

So, there it is. The intense battle for Terri’s life is reaching another climax. This is a time for serious prayer work.

“This is both a life and death struggle for Terri Schiavo and a watershed fight for all disabled people,” said Dr. Gary Cass, head of the Center for Reclaiming America. “No just society can allow such cruel and inhumane treatment to take place – especially on such a flimsy legal foundation.”

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Kansas Investigation Has National Implications

Here’s an update on the Kansas battle between Attorney General Phill Kline and the Abortion Industry.

Late last week, Kline filed a brief with the Kansas Supreme Court, defending his position that abortion clinics in that state should be ordered to provide medical records in about 90 suspicious cases.

Two abortion clinics, including the infamous operation run by late-term specialist George Tiller, are fighting him tooth-and-nail. The Abortion Lobby has been rounding up public relations support from lawmakers and the state’s Governor to create public pressure on AG Kline to drop his efforts.

“The issue in this case is whether abortion clinics are above the law,” Kline told a group of reporters after his brief was filed. “We’re talking about the target of an investigation saying they have the right to review the evidence and decide whether to turn it over to law enforcement. That’s not how the law operates. If it did, nobody would ever be prosecuted.”

What a novel idea – enforcing the law on abortion clinics.

The problem of underage sexual relations and abortions is a problem in every state in the nation, including Idaho. Virtually every state has laws prohibiting sexual activity with teenagers. Yet the law of unintended consequences surrounding the so-called “right to privacy” has worked in many cases to protect those who prey upon young girls.

Life Dynamics has investigated the epidemic of adult-teenage sexual relationships, and published a report in 2002 which found that 60-80% of pregnancies among girls under the age of 15 are the result of an illegal relationship with an adult male.

Yet how many prosecuting attorneys or Attorneys General are pressing the law to defend these victimized children?

Monday, March 07, 2005

Boise’s Meyers Again Faces Liberal Filibuster

The battle over judicial nominees is heating up again in the nation’s capitol.

Boise attorney William Meyers has been renominated by the President to a seat on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Meyers was one nominee held hostage in the last Congress because he was purported to be “extremist” on private property and social issues.

Meyers was once a top attorney for the Interior Department. In that capacity, he often did battle against the environmental agenda.

Indian tribes, environmental groups and unnamed “civil rights” groups are actively pushing Senate Democrats to once again filibuster Meyers. The Indian groups are particularly upset about a decision Meyers reached while at Interior allowing a gold mine to open somewhere near tribal lands.

Apparently pro-abortion groups also have concerns that Meyers might be pro-Life; that, of course, would automatically disqualify him – despite the fact that many discerning legal scholars view the Roe v. Wade decision as a major threat to the balance of power between the branches of government, and the division of powers between the federal government and the states.

Sen. Arlen Specter, the new Judiciary Chair, has pledged support for Meyers. He told an AP reporter that he counts 58 votes for Meyers on the Senate floor – 2 short of the new super majority required for confirmation.

Reminder: For those following SB1140, call us if you’d like a copy of the Planned Parenthood Audit Report, call us at 1-877-341-LIFE.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Planned Parenthood Bill Goes to House Ways & Means

Senate Bill 1140 – the “Planned Parenthood Funding Bill” has passed the Senate and has been referred by the Speaker of the House to the House Ways & Means Committee.

This committee is commonly called the “leadership committee”, because 3 of the 4 top leaders in the Idaho House serve on the panel; it is also known as a committee
particularly sensitive to the wishes of the Speaker, Bruce Newcomb.

The committee is chaired by Rep. Jim Clark of Hayden Lake. He has developed a strong pro-Life record over his ten-plus years in the Idaho House. Perhaps Rep. Clark will not even grant the bill a hearing – but we have to assume that he will come under intense pressure by the Abortion Lobby to move the bill forward. We urge our listeners in North Idaho to call and encourage Rep. Clark to oppose SB1140. You can use the toll-free number, 1-800-626-0471.

If you are able to talk with Rep. Clark, you might mention to him that there are serious concerns about Planned Parenthood’s ability to deliver high quality services to Idaho women. They were audited by the federal government in 2003, when they were receiving Title X funds – and the federal government found 13 separate issues where Planned Parenthood of Idaho violated federal code or regulations. There were financial problems and failures to properly counsel people about contraceptives.

It makes no sense to reward such an organization with millions in new funding.

If you’d like more information about the federal audit of Planned Parenthood – give us a call at 1-877-341-LIFE.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Idaho Senate Approves Planned Parenthood Funding

The Idaho Senate has passed SB1140 – the “Planned Parenthood Funding Bill” by a vote of 18-17. This legislation would create a fund worth some $15 million over the next 5 years to finance contraception and sex education efforts. Among the primary beneficiaries of this legislation would be Planned Parenthood of Idaho.

Much of the debate on the Senate floor was taken up with the question of abortion and the role of Planned Parenthood in implementing this major new program.

Sen. Gerry Sweet led the debate against the bill, raising questions about Planned Parenthood’s radical social agenda, as well as its financial history. He urged senators to consider the fact that the federal government found 13 violations of federal law or regulations when they audited Planned Parenthood’s use of Title X monies in 2003.

Sen. Tim Corder took to the floor to argue that the definitions of ‘abortion’ in the bill were misleading. Certain methods of so-called “contraception” were actually abortifacients.

Sens. Burtenshaw, Bunderson and Jorgenson also debated against the legislation.

Sens. Shawn Keogh, Dick Compton, Charles Coiner and Elliot Werk led supporters of the measure.

The legislation could have been killed on the Senate floor – but Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, Sen. Bert Marley and Sen. John Andreason saw fit to betray their pro-Life rhetoric with a vote to pour millions of tax dollars into Idaho’s Abortion Industry.

We will now have to follow the battle into the Idaho House. You should start calling your representatives immediately.

For more information, use our toll-free number: 1-877-341-LIFE.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Kansas Governor Funded by Abortion Industry

There are a number of important issues in Idaho to discuss – but I’d like to spend our time today following-up on the developing story from Kansas. I told you yesterday about the Kansas AG who is vigorously investigating the behavior of the Abortion Industry in that state. He wants to know why so many late-term abortions are performed by the notorious George Tiller – when a state law prohibits such abortions, unless there is a serious threat to mother’s life or health.

Phill Kline is also pressing for details about the 78 abortions performed in 2003 on girls under 14 years of age.

The Abortion Industry is howling. I guess that’s not surprising. But what is shocking is that Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius held a news conference to denounce the Attorney General. She said his investigation is an unwarranted invasion of privacy. In her world, the privacy rights of the criminals who impregnated these girls trump the state’s duty to protect children from predators.

Obviously, the Democrat governor is pro-abortion. But it still seems quite unusual that she would publicly attempt to interfere with the Attorney General’s pursuit of his duty.

Now we learn more about the sordid politics. It seems that the Democrat governor received a bucket load of money from George Tiller – a Kansas abortionist, and one of the nation’s most notorious practitioner of late-term abortions. Cybercast News Service is reporting that Tiller has donated over $20,000 to various Sebelius campaigns between 1994 and 2002.

How on earth did a person with such ties get elected Governor of a conservative state like Kansas?

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Kansas AG Steps Up to the Plate

A dark and important drama has been unfolding in Kansas over the past couple of weeks.

At the center is Attorney General Phill Kline – who is hot on the trail of an Abortion Industry which methodically violates state statutes regulating abortions. He has uncovered evidence that Dr. George Tiller, one of the nation’s most notorious baby killers, has created a national killing center for late-term babies. Women come from all over to kill babies in the second and third trimester.

The trouble is, those abortions are illegal unless there is a serious health risk to the woman.

Attorney General Kline is also concerned that some of those late-term abortions are being performed on teenagers to cover-up crimes against them.

“I have a duty to investigate and prosecute child rape and other crimes in order to protect Kansas children,” Kline told reporters last week. “Rape is a serious crime and when a 10, 11 or 12 year old is pregnant – they have been raped under Kansas law.”

Kline has been working on the investigation since last October, when he learned from the Department of Health that 78 Kansas children aged 14 years and younger underwent abortions in 2003. He has obtained a court order for medical records – but the Abortion Industry is now fighting his request before the state Supreme Court. They cite privacy concerns. Presumably Dr. Tiller is one of those battling to protect the privacy of male predators.

In a great piece of investigative work, however, Kansas for Life has uncovered policies at the Tiller Abortion Mill which advise women that their names, phone numbers and addresses will be turned over to a fundraising firm. They will be solicited later for political donations to Tiller’s political action committee – a fund he has established to punish pro-Lifers like AG Phill Kline. So much for his deep concern over the dignity and privacy of women.

Women can get their names removed from the fundraising list – but they must first call Dr. Tiller’s office to make the request. The fundraising practice is little better than blackmail.

Meanwhile, Tiller’s practice has taken another hit. It seems that for years he has been using the La Quinta Inn in Wichita as a kind of adjunct abortion facility – without the hotel’s knowledge and in apparent violation of state law. The hotel chain has ordered him to stop using their rooms for patient recovery.