“Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of power … It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the People against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well—but they mean to govern.”
— Daniel Webster
Progress at the Legislature
This week, the House State Affairs Committee approved HB220 and sent it to the House floor with a “do pass” recommendation.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Bruce Skaug, would preempt local units of government from contracting with Planned Parenthood or any other abortion provider. The legislation is in reaction to a proposal by the Mayor McLean Administration in Boise to begin using property taxes to fund Planned Parenthood. In fact, her advisory committee has called for use of those taxes to pay for elective abortions.
Idaho Chooses Life testified in support of the bill, by recounting for committee members the massive taxpayer funds being poured into the nation’s largest abortion chain. Over the years of battling to cut Planned Parenthood’s coerced partnership with taxpayers, we have identified at least seven different revenue streams running from the federal government to Planned Parenthood.
We’ve also previously talked about the organization receiving millions in dollars from the PPP program that Congress enacted in the first COVID relief program. It is our understanding that these “loans” were illegally obtained. And it is now very doubtful that the new Administration will do anything to get our money back. In fact, rumors are that “Mass Murder, Inc.” will come in for millions more under the new Pelosi plan to spend another $1.9 trillion on “COVID relief”.
Health Care Sharing Ministries Bill Dies
We have also been lobbying to stop the Department of Insurance from passing legislation to regulate and restrict the operation of Christian ministries operating in Idaho. The Department has long sought to eliminate this competition to Blue Cross through regulation.
Our friend, Christ Troupis, once took a case to defend these ministries from regulations that would raise costs and potentially put them out of business. He won a 5-0 decision from the Idaho Supreme Court. Nevertheless, the harassment continues.
Thousands of Idaho Christians belong to health care sharing ministries because they are more affordable, and they are not forced to subsidize immoral behavior. Things like abortions or sex change operations. We are grateful to report that this latest attack has been thwarted—at least for this session.