By David Ripley
Idaho Chooses Life
The new Department of Health & Human Services under Donald Trump is pressing to re-orient the “family planning” programs of the Department to bring them more in line with the values of the great majority in America. Despite the fact that the Republican Congress maintained funding for Title X at Obama levels in this last omnibus travesty, they did put $10 million in new monies to expand the effort to bring “sexual risk avoidance education” (SRA) into public schools. This curriculum is science-based, with several studies demonstrating that it helps kids avoid behaviors which lead to poverty, regret, and even tragedy.
Hopefully, various key players in the Idaho Legislature will take note of the studies and moral clarity which is giving shape to a new agenda at the federal level. There are a surprising number of Republicans in the Statehouse who buy into the Planned Parenthood doctrine that the key to reducing abortion, teen pregnancy and out-of-wedlock births is more money for birth control. This is the thinking which drove a proposal to provide Planned Parenthood with a windfall of $29 million in new federal and state tax dollars (HB 563).
There were a number of Republican legislators who supported this proposal in the House Health & Welfare Committee – including Chairman Fred Wood, Kelley Packer, Christy Perry and Megan Blanksma.
There was even a proposal this session from Rep. Van Orden to expand Planned Parenthood’s role in our public school’s sex education curriculum. (HB 579). That plan has temporarily stalled, but the Abortion Lobby is presently waging a public relations campaign to “update” Idaho’s sex ed curriculum. (Opinion pieces have begun to appear in various newspapers). This “update” would strip out talk about abstinence and avoidance; or even religious values.
Instead, our children will be exposed to virtually every sexual perversion in the name of providing them with “facts” and “options”.
Central to this new and improved curriculum is the mainstreaming of “transgenderism” and gender indoctrination. While we were able to defeat both pieces of legislation this last session – the truth is, those battles are not over. Key legislators have warned us they will be back next session. We also face a profound challenge in petition now being circulated to put Medicaid expansion on the ballot this fall. Included in that misguided proposal is a boatload of new money for Planned Parenthood. Please urge your neighbors to just say ‘no’ to Planned Parenthood and its allies in the Democrat Party.