Idaho Federal Judge Lynn Winmill (appointed by Bill Clinton) has imperiously denied the State’s motion for reconsideration of his deeply flawed ruling in the Parental Consent lawsuit. That means Idaho’s daughters remain completely defenseless to the tauntings and seductions of Planned Parenthood. Fathers and mothers stand powerless on the sidelines, not even entitled by this liberal Democrat to know that their daughter is killing her baby.
Idaho Chooses Life Alliance filed a 12 page brief supporting the State’s motion. In it, we clearly demonstrated that Winmill had ignored a U.S. Supreme Court ruling directly related to the issues at play here. In his latest response, Winmill simply refused to address the issues we raised – and published a 5-sentence order. So, that’s that. No reasoning, persuasion; just a raw power play by an unaccountable federal judge.
Who suffers for this abuse of power? Our daughters and families. And hundreds of preborn children who might have survived the threat of abortion if parents had been empowered to intervene.
What makes this matter even more difficult to accept is a recent column by Dan Popkey in the Idaho Statesman. Popkey reports on a speech Winmill gave to the City Club of Boise around the time he issued his ruling defending abortionists. Winmill’s speech was all about the tragedies surrounding the death penalty. He shared his deep concerns about the cost and possible injustice about sentencing murderers to death; Winmill also expressed worries over Idaho’s system of electing judges. No doubt! Since Idaho judges do not enjoy the same unaccountable freedom to thwart self-government Winmill does.
This liberal Democrat holds immense power over our lives because he cannot be held accountable. His political and moral philosophy was on clear display: Mercy for criminals, death to preborn children. How sadly perverse.
Our next step is to seek, once again, the help of Governor Kempthorne and the Idaho Legislature. They will convene on January 9th. Hopefully we can craft amendments to the law which will satisfy the liberal impulses of Judge Winmill – so that at least most teenage girls will gain parental protection. This effort will need your prayers and active support; the Abortion Lobby will make much of their gifts from Judge Winmill – and we will need to keep legislators focused on their constituents’ demand for a strong and effective Parental Consent Law.