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Thank you, Mr. President.

June 21st, 2020

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.

“Literally a Life and Death Election”

June 17th, 2020

Earlier this week, Planned Parenthood publicly announced its inevitable support of Joe Biden for President.  In doing so, they cited his work with Obama in expanding abortion through the “Affordable Care Act”.   And, of course, his 100% pro-abort record as a member of the US Senate was lauded by the group.

There’s not much news in talking about Planned Parenthood’s endorsement of Biden.  It has long been a matter of public record that Joe Biden abandoned his Christian principles for the applause of the mob. And, of course, Planned Parenthood has never had as bold an opponent as they have in President Donald J. Trump.  They would endorse anyone challenging our current president.

We bring this endorsement to your attention because of a comment made in the press release by the acting president of Planned Parenthood: “This is literally a life and death election”.

Finally, we have some common ground with Planned Parenthood.  The lives of tens of thousands of babies and their mothers could be at stake in this election; perhaps it is not too much to say that the next generation is at risk by the election of Joe Biden and his abortion cronies.

No president has done more for the pro-Life movement than Donald Trump.  We desperately need him to be re-elected if we are to have any hope of ending this tragic and horrific regime of legalized abortion.  God showed great mercy on America by allowing Trump to win in 2016.  We pray that His mercy for our nation is not yet exhausted.

Colorado Pro-Lifers Gain Ballot

June 13th, 2020

Pro-Life advocates in Colorado have again qualified an abortion restriction for the November ballot.

This proposition would ban abortions after 22 weeks, except in cases where the mother’s life is threatened.  Pro-lifers were able to collect some 153,000 signatures despite the challenges of the Chinese Virus.

This measure has national implications: Colorado was the first state in America to provide for legalized abortion back in 1967 – well before the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade.  Approval of the measure would send a strong signal to the current Court that America has rejected its moral compass.

Currently, Colorado has almost no restriction on the practice of abortion, which led to the destruction of 12,390 preborn children in 2017 – the last year for which we could find data.  The state currently requires parental notification when a minor girl seeks an abortion.  And tax funding for abortions is limited to rape, incest and life of the mother.

Efforts to protect babies have been repeatedly rejected by a hostile, Democrat controlled Legislature.

Defenders of the Innocent have made repeated attempts to use the ballot box and initiative process to gain protections for babies at risk.  Those efforts have thus far been rebuffed by voters.  In 2008, for instance, an amendment to the Colorado Constitution was proposed which would have defined life to begin at conception.  That measure was opposed by 73% of Colorado voters.

Perhaps this measure will fare better:  Abortions continue to decline in Colorado.  And the measure would apply restrictions toward the end of the 2nd Trimester.

We pray for their success.

Norma McCorvey and Me

May 20th, 2020

Left wing news sites are abuzz with claims that a new documentary shows Norma McCorvey in her last days confessing that she only played at being pro-Life for monetary gain.
Norma McCorvey is the woman used by the Abortion Industry to establish Roe v. Wade in 1973.

In that era, Norma McCorvey was a 21 year old woman with one daughter and pregnant with another. Her liberal attorneys persuaded her to claim that she had been raped, when in reality – all she really wanted was a divorce. She did get the divorce, but not the abortion. In fact, she never had an abortion and left behind three daughters.  Once she became the infamous “Jane Roe” … Norma became a celebrity within the pro-abortion community. She even worked for awhile in a Texas abortion clinic – and it was that brutal reality which finally broke her.

After years of being the poster girl for legalized abortion, the inner turmoil took its toll. Drugs, depression, alcohol, guilt. Norma turned to Christ in 1995.

So what are we to make of the comments cited by liberal media outlets? Here are the exact quotes we’ve found – though the film maker has not released an unedited version of his McCorvey interview:

“This is my deathbed confession,” she chuckles, sitting in a chair in her nursing home room while on oxygen. Nick Sweeney, the film maker then asks, “Did [evangelical Christians] use you as a trophy?”

“Of course,” Norma replies. “I was the Big Fish.”  [Courtesy of LifeNews.com].

Norma died in 2017. The first thing which occurs to me is that it is more than strange that this ostensible interview has not surfaced until now. My suspicion is that there is much more to this conversation than may ever be revealed.

As it turns out, I got to know Norma McCorvey a bit. She was our featured guest speaker at the 2010 Christmas Dinner. We spent the better part of a day and a half together, plus considerable time on the phone before her arrival in Boise.

Norma McCorvey was not the best speaker we’ve had. It was clear that she was a person who had lived a tough life, and had plenty of barnacles. To be even more honest, it seemed to me that she had not yet accepted all of the emotional and spiritual healing which Christ offers to those of us deeply wounded by sin. There was a certain distance and cynicism that came through, with a covering shadow of loneliness. But the testimony she delivered that Friday night was rough and real. The life she lived, almost completely dominated as it was by the horror of abortion, was also on display for people in the room – redemption and scabs and seeping wounds.

Some in the room were disappointed. But all of it made sense to me, for I knew her on a different level.

Norma and I came to the pro-Life movement at virtually the same time, after being publicly involved in promoting abortion as a matter of a woman’s “choice”. We both have spent years coming to terms with that bloody history, wrestling with the Great Accuser – who would deny us the blessing of Christ’s forgiveness and healing.

Imagine for a moment, if you can, what it would be like to be Norma McCorvey. Perhaps the most notorious woman in American history. In her name, the nation has welcomed the industrialized destruction of millions and millions and millions of preborn children. That is a torrent of blood guilt. She used drugs and alcohol to cope with it. She carried a lot of defensive mechanisms and resentments in her life, and I think some of those resentments came through in this last interview.

And then there is the simple fact that this interview took place at a time when Norma was frail.

The truth is, stories of spiritual redemption are rarely neat and linear – they are rarely a nice Christian movie. Two steps forward and one step back. Days of victory and days of defeat, as Christ carries us forward. But Norma McCorvey fought the good fight against the evil that still bears her name. She publicly confessed the deceptions she helped foster many, many times over the course of some 30 years – even testifying before the U.S. Senate, and petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse its perverse ruling.

I am confident that she is, finally, at peace in the arms of Christ.

Norma’s legacy is now left to us, to end the holocaust she helped unleash.

– David Ripley

Horrible Murder of Newborn in Kootenai County

May 17th, 2020

The story has not received much attention yet. But the Coeur d’Alene Press reported this week that a woman was arrested for the killing of her newborn baby boy after giving birth on April 14th.

Police allege that she strangled her baby, after birthing him in the bathroom. Then she cut him open with a box cutter. Then she placed him in a garbage bag, placing him on the back porch of her Rathdrum home. Elizabeth Keyes has been arrested on first degree murder charges and sits in a Kootenai County jail cell under a $1 million bond.  She is just 22 years old.

The case is horrible in isolation. But in the context of our continued brutality toward preborn children, it once again highlights the schizophrenia of our current legal/social system.

Let’s be clear about this much: The woman had options if the prospect of nurturing this new life was too much for her to bear. We helped enact a law many years ago which allows for women in such circumstances to bring that newborn to a hospital emergency room, or even a fire station. No questions asked. They can simply leave the baby.

Then there is the more civilized notion of caring for the baby and giving it up for adoption to one of the many couples in Idaho desperately seeking a child to bring into their family.

This woman, allegedly, chose neither of those paths. Instead, she acted out of fear and loathing for this new life – a message and value system she has been pummeled with her entire life. The baby is nothing more than tissue. Its very existence a violation of her “rights”; a threat to her value as a woman. Lie after horrible lie, told by the most authoritative voices in our society.  Major newspapers, college professors, the highest medical and legal authorities have actively propagated contempt for the preborn child.  The propaganda is so pervasive that one must ask: Do we not all bear some moral responsibility for, some complicity in, this woman’s crime?

The state is, correctly, moving forcefully to seek justice for the horrible crime against that innocent baby boy – a boy that will not even have the dignity of receiving a name. Yet we cannot help but see the frailty of the state’s position: We all know she could have legally disposed of that very same baby only hours before in a Planned Parenthood facility. No questions asked.  How can our legal system stand upon such a flimsy distinction as two hours’ time?  On one side of the clock, the new life is a disposable problem, unrecognized by the Law.  Just a few turns of a clock’s hands later, his brutal death becomes first degree murder.  Perhaps Ms. Keyes is pondering those same questions.  You can bet her defense lawyers will be exploiting those legal absurdities as the case moves forward.

We Lost a Good Friend This Week

May 12th, 2020

Rep. Thyra Stevenson passed away this week in a Coeur d’Alene hospital after suffering a heart attack last week. She was 75.

Thyra was an extraordinary woman. First elected to the Legislature in 2012, she served on a number of critical committees such as JFAC and the House Revenue & Taxation Committee. Folks recognized her intellectual skills and ability to dig into complex situations.

She grew up in Lewiston, but ventured forth into the world to acquire a wide range of skills and experiences. Thyra was an officer and pilot in the US Coast Guard; and became a qualified pilot in the private sector as well – certified to fly DC-9s and B757 airplanes, among others.

Thyra taught Spanish and literature at the University of Washington after earning a PhD in Latin American Literature. And, just for good measure, she was an accomplished performer on the bagpipes.

There is so much more that could be written about Thyra Stevenson, but it is important to honor her most important qualities: She was a strong, independent woman who was willing to fight for our core values. She was one of the most dependable friends we had at the Idaho Legislature.

We are going to miss her greatly.

An Outrageous Miscarriage of Justice

May 5th, 2020

In the midst of the Chinese Virus upheaval, injustice rolls along. We learned that, last week, a hero of the pro-Life movement was slapped with a whopping $1.5 million judgment for exposing Planned Parenthood’s practice of harvesting body parts from the babies it kills. Plus attorney fees.

David Daleiden is also prohibited from ever entering a Planned Parenthood conference again.

The finding by a jury came after the careful manipulation by federal Judge William Orrick. He has a long association with Planned Parenthood – including his wife’s posts of photos supporting Planned Parenthood. Among Judge Orrick’s first actions to protect Planned Parenthood was a ruling which forbid the presentation of any video evidence collected by Daleiden of Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in baby parts.

Daleiden’s attorneys motioned for the judge to be disqualified from the case after they uncovered evidence that Orrick was an emeritus board member of an abortion clinic associated with Planned Parenthood. Pleas for fairness and impartiality went unanswered.

Meanwhile, we cannot help but express outrage that the perpetrators of these crimes against humanity remain largely uncensored and unpunished; and mourn over yet another example of the horrible corruption of our most hallowed institutions by the practice of abortion.

Yet Another Challenge From Chinese Virus

April 29th, 2020

As the world seeks a recovery path out of the virus epidemic, hopes rise for a vaccine. Extraordinary efforts are underway in the Great Britain as well as the United States. In fact, one such project at Oxford University has already begun human trials.

Yet concerns have arisen as evidence suggest that the Oxford project is using tissue harvested from aborted babies. An academic paper was recently published by the Anscombe Bioethics Centre in England challenging the unethical use of human tissue derived from abortions:

“Simply as a matter of fact, use of such cell-lines in COVID 19 vaccine production is likely to create problems of conscience for some of those to whom the vaccine is offered,” wrote the Anscombe Centre.

We would frame this unethical research in starker terms: It is simply immoral to use aborted baby cells and tissue. Period. And it is even more egregious when one realizes that there are easily-obtained alternatives.

This lack of ethical standard in the medical research community was highlighted during the public scandal of Planned Parenthood’s partnership with many research hospitals and companies in America. Many states responded – as we did here in Idaho – to prohibit the use of aborted baby tissue and cells in medical research. But the practice continues in a number of states. In fact, the FDA continues to sponsor medical research using unethically-obtained tissue – though the Trump Administration has launched a review of those practices.

On a deeper level, this morbid practice illustrates yet one more area in which America’s moral standards have been sorely compromised as a result of our practice of legalized abortion. There was a day when the United States led the world in holding Nazi scientists accountable for their abusive medical experiments and research. Grandiose standards and international conventions were developed after WWII to prohibit unethical research on human subjects against their will. No more would the world tolerate “scientists” like Mengele.

But today we condone medical research which depends upon the body parts harvested from the industrialized destruction of preborn children; in fact, American taxpayers have often paid for such research.

In the midst of the rush to find a vaccine, at least one American bishop, Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, has publicly urged the Trump Administration to stand against the use of aborted baby tissue in combating the Chinese Virus:

“Just because the crime of abortion is considered legal in our nation does not mean it is morally permissible to use the dead bodies of these children to cure a global pandemic. Emphatically, this practice is evil.”

Governor Signs Historic Bill

March 31st, 2020

Governor Brad Little has signed SB 1385 into law. This is an historic and courageous act, which sets a pro-Life future for Idaho.

The Human Life Protection Act makes virtually all abortions illegal in the State of Idaho upon the reversal of Roe v. Wade. This will now happen automatically because of the leadership that Gov. Little has provided to the state.

Under the act, also known as a “trigger law”, abortionists will face prison time for performing an illegal abortion. In the future we hope will soon be here, all elective abortions will be criminal. Abortions would be permitted when the woman’s life is threatened, or in cases of rape or incest. But in those rare situations, the abortionist would still be required to do everything she can to save the baby’s life. That may not mean much early in a pregnancy, but it could be life-saving later on.

In addition, the woman or girl must present a police report or a filing with Child Protection Services prior to an abortion being performed in cases of rape and incest.
Most pro-Life people are uncomfortable with rape and incest exceptions. And rightly so: The baby should not be made to pay the price for the sins of the father. Still, these cases are called “hard” because there is a real and genuine crime against the woman or girl. The mother in those cases is a victim too. Compassion is required for both the baby and the girl.
While SB1385 is not a perfect solution to those problems, it is a righteous beginning. It would make illegal over 98% of all abortions occurring in Idaho today. Once it becomes established as the law, once it creates a new social order – we will be in a much stronger position to protect and save those babies conceived in rape and incest.

The Human Life Protection Act must await action by the US Supreme Court before it becomes fully effective. But we believe this historic law will begin saving lives long before that day. It establishes a new paradigm in Idaho by rejecting the whole structure of legalized abortion as patently unjust. SB1385 will, we pray, begin instructing the next generation of Idahoans that abortion is morally wrong.

In addition to Governor Little, we wish to thank Rep. Megan Blanksma and Sen. Todd Lakey for their leadership and sacrifice in getting this historic bill through the Idaho Legislature.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord for this great victory.

By All Means, the Slaughter Must Continue

March 22nd, 2020

The US Surgeon General has announced guidelines to America’s medical industry telling them that, for the foreseeable future, elective surgeries should be postponed. This is in preparation for helping the unknown number of Chinese Virus victims in the days and weeks ahead.  It is also a sensible risk management strategy – trying to limit the exposure of more people to the virus.

Yet Planned Parenthood has been resisting this order. All across the country elective abortions are proceeding apace – as if nothing else mattered.

There are news reports that at least 3 Planned Parenthood abortionists have tested positive for the virus. It is unknown how many women and others these people have potentially infected.

In at least one state, officials have had enough. The Ohio Attorney General has issued a “cease and desist” order directed at abortion facilities in the state.  Yet news reports indicate that at least two abortion centers are continuing to abort babies in defiance of the order.  Such defiance imperils the public’s health and safety.  But the killing at Planned Parenthood must continue – even as the nation struggles to save as many other humans as possible from the threat of the Chinese Virus.

This controversy over legalized abortion in the era of the virus can only accelerate in the coming days.

Massachusetts officials are attempting to circumvent this insanity by declaring that elective abortions are not to be considered as “nonessential, elective procedures” under their revised guidelines for doctors, clinics and hospitals operating in that state. Put more clearly, the Massachusetts Department of Health considers abortion to be an “essential” medical procedure, even in the midst of a national health care crisis of unknown proportions.

The juxtaposition of health officials working to protect both the public health and the Abortion Industry illustrates how profoundly compromised our health care system has become through its accommodation of Roe v. Wade. As the nation mortgages personal liberty and our financial stability to combat an invisible threat to public health and lives – it seems the height of insanity to proceed with the willful, wholesale destruction of babies in the womb.

We can only pray that this national crisis will help us recover a consistent and thorough appreciation of life.