Monday, July 25, 2005

Weekly Update

AG FILES MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION

State Attorney General Lawrence Wasden filed a "Motion for Reconsideration" with Judge Winmill on Friday, July 15th. The supporting memo relies heavily upon an important U.S. Supreme Court decision rebuking federal judges who struck down an entire Utah law because they some of it unconstitutional. The Supreme Court overturned judicial activism in Leavitt v. Jane L., declaring that "severability is of course a matter of state law".

The Idaho Legislature has repeatedly declared its intent that courts sever any portions of our Parental Consent Law they found offensive – while preserving as much of the law as possible. That is how we came to have an effective Parental Consent Law during the years 2000 – 2004.

TIME TO THROW IN THE TOWEL?

Our sister organization, Idaho Chooses Life Alliance, Inc. is working to file an amicus brief in this lawsuit to help bolster the State’s case. But, of course, such advocacy costs money.

Last night, I was making fundraising calls to pay our legal bills. One Christian businessman told me that he wasn’t sure he wanted to donate to the effort: “Your track record in this matter isn’t very good. I’m thinking we might be better off not wasting more money.”

Frankly, I was a bit dumb-founded. This man has been a supporter of the ministry and is clearly pro-Life. But the more I thought about it – the more I realized others might be entertaining similar thoughts.

The first thing I can tell you with certainty is that if we don’t show-up for battle – we can do nothing but lose. And a “loss” for this ministry is meaningless: What matters are the hundreds of girls and families and innocent babies who will surely be lost without an effective Parental Consent Law.

Secondly, I take issue with the notion that we have somehow failed during the 7 years we have battled for Parental Consent. Governor Batt failed Idaho in 1998 when he vetoed Parental Consent. The 3 ACLU judges of the 9th Circuit failed their oath of office when they declared the 2000 statute invalid. And Judge Winmill failed the families of Idaho when he disregarded Supreme Court precedent to impose his personal values on the State.

But many people have been faithful in carrying the battle to our opponents. Those efforts were rewarded by a 30% reduction in teenage abortions during the effective years of Idaho’s Parental Consent Law.

It is foolish to think that this fight to protect our daughters is going to be easy. We face a tenacious, well-financed opposition in the form of the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and their numerous friends on the federal bench.

Are we – who have the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives – to be any less dedicated in our defense of God’s little ones?

Our need for your help and support at this crucial hour is clear. Prayers and money are crucial in the next couple weeks. The answer you give is between you and the Lord. But we at Idaho Chooses Life will continue to do our utmost to be faithful to meeting the Enemy, trusting in Him to meet our needs.

ABORTION: THE “GIFT” THAT KEEPS ON KILLING

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE “PRO-LIFE”?

Readers of the Idaho Statesman may remember an exchange earlier this year of Guest Opinions between former Governor Cecil Andrus and ICL Executive Director David Ripley on the issue of Andrus’ supposed “pro-Life” value system. Andrus claimed he was pro-Life – and that Republicans were guilty of mischaracterizing the views of Idaho Democrats on this crucial issue.

Ripley countered by briefly reviewing Andrus’ signature on a bill repealing Idaho’s “Trigger Law” – which would have automatically restored protections for preborn children on the day Roe is abandoned.

Andrus also made history by vetoing HB625 in 1990.

The above quote from the state’s leading Democrat could have been said by any number of rabid pro-aborts – from Hillary Clinton to John Kerry to Howard Dean. In fact, it has been! The more one ponders the idea of being “pro-Life” while defending a woman’s right to choose to kill that baby – the more meaningless and manipulative such claims appear.

We’ve long known that Cecil Andrus would never have an abortion. But such comments expose Andrus as part of the middle-aged, male class of elites who form the backbone of support for legalized abortion.

SORENSEN MAKES STRONG OPENING MOVE IN 1ST CD

In the bid to take Butch Otter’s place in Congress, former state senator Sheila Sorensen is off to the strongest start. In a campaign filing due last week, only Sorensen has filed a campaign finance report – suggesting that other candidates have not yet broken the $5,000 threshold.

Sorensen, by contrast, reports raising $47,845 as of June 30th.

Sorensen distinguished herself in the Idaho Legislature as a leader of the Feminist Agenda – championing abortion rights and working to advance the interests of the Gay Rights community.

Her early campaign donors include the American Medical Association and House Speaker Bruce Newcomb.

While her record and personal views are anathema to most mainstream Republicans, her personal wealth and the support of powerful friends like Newcomb guarantee that Sorensen will be a contender for the 1st District nomination.

Friday, July 01, 2005

We’ll Talk Again Soon

Today is our last broadcast for the summer, as we take our first break in four years. During that time, the listening audience and ministry have expanded incredibly – and for that we are grateful.

Since the summer of 2001, we’ve broadcast some 1050 news stories on crucial developments in our battle to restore legal protections for preborn children. We’ve talked about abortion’s impact on your family, community and church. We posted crucial alerts about the growing threat Planned Parenthood poses to Idaho families, and we’ve kept you informed about what the Idaho Legislature is doing – or not doing – to protect Idaho’s families.

We are also grateful to the stations who have faithfully supported our efforts to inform and mobilize. They are great bunch of people.

And it is a privilege to be a part of your daily routine.

I’m going to miss talking with you each day – but I know the time will pass quickly until we resume our conversations at the beginning of September. We’ll be working on some important projects this summer, including our legal fight with Planned Parenthood over the new Parental Consent Law. I ask for your prayers.

And I’d also like to remind our listeners that you can sign-up for our regular email service – delivered most weeks to your computer, free of charge. That will continue through the summer and will allow you to keep in touch with the major battles against the culture of death. Send me an email: director@IdahoChoosesLife.org.