Tag archives: Idaho

RUSerious? Jennie McCormack, the Next Roe? Good Grief!

by Family Research Council

July 9, 2012

Today, the U.S .9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear a civil suit challenging Idahos ban on getting out-of-state abortifacient drugs on the Internet. This heated case was brought about by the arrest of Jennie McCormack, a single mom who aborted her 5 month-old unborn child with the harmful and damaging abortifacient drug called RU-486. When police came to her home to arrest her, they found frozen remains of her innocent unborn child in a box on her barbecuecriminal evidence that can make any rational human being cringe with disgust. Accordingly, police charged Ms. McCormack with a felony last year.

What exactly is RU-486? It is an abortion-inducing regimen that consists of two drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. The first drug, mifepristone, blocks progesterone from binding to its receptor sites in the endometrium of the uterus and essentially thwarts progesterones pregnancy-preserving actions. As a result, this drug destroys the uterine lining through horrific chemical means, and thereby starves and kills the implanted embryo. The second drug, misoprostol, is taken two days after RU-486 and induces contractions to expel what leftists call a blob of tissue. This two-part killer medicine has been known to cause pelvic infections, hemorrhaging, abdominal pain, excessive bleeding, cardiopulmonary problems, allergic reactions, and severe psychological repercussions, such as clinical depression. Knowing these life-threatening effects of this procedure, it is hard to believe that RU-486 was approved by the FDA under the guise of advancing reproductive justice and womens health.

When Ms. McCormack took RU-486, she was 20 weeks pregnant with her unborn child. This is shocking and dangerous, because these drugs should only be taken up to 9 weeks of pregnancy according to the FDAs approval. Since Ms. McCormack was able to purchase the abortion drug regimen over the internet without doctor consultation, she was able to use the drug in an off-label way (after the time frame approved by the FDA). However, when Ms. McCormack purchased the drug on the internet, she broke a few state laws, including the ban on obtaining RU-486 out-of-state. She also violated Idahos ban on 20 week abortions as well as a 1972 law that prohibits self-induced abortionsactions that truly go against the very notion of motherhood.

Now, her attorney Richard Hearn, also a physician, wants to take her case to the Supreme Court. Her civil suit with the U.S.9th Circuit Court of Appeals is the first step in doing so. Just as Jane Roe challenged Texas pro-life law some forty years ago, Jennie McCormack is fiercely challenging Idahos ban on obtaining out-of-state RU-486 drugs in an attempt to be the 21st century Roe. Isnt it ironic that Ms. McCormack is a mother of three children, yet would file a civil suit to allow for more leniency for the dangerous abortion drug regimen, RU-486? Although Ms. McCormacks case is highly disturbing, it should motivate us to further our efforts in protecting the unborn from deadly chemical abortions.

State of the 2011 Session in Review: Idaho

by Family Research Council

April 19, 2011

Since the Adjournment of Idahos 2011 legislative session on April 7th, a wide spectrum of adjectives have been used to describe this years proceedings. Governor Otter called it very succesful, while Senate Democrats called the session the worst in their collective memories. Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis said it was a difficult session among some of the worst economic times in memory and Representative Erik Simpson summed it up by quoting Charles Dickens: “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”

From a pro-life and pro-family perspective it is easy to agree with the Governor and call Idahos 2011 session very successful indeed. According to Julie Lynde, Executive director at Cornerstone Family Council, Governor Otter signed every piece of pro-life legislation that crossed his desk. And many of those measures were quite significant.

Fetal Pain

Idaho joined Nebraska and Kansas as the third state to prohibit late term abortions (in this case 20 or more weeks) based upon an unborn childs ability to feel pain. This is a huge step toward upholding the value of all life, and in reinforcing the humanity of the unborn child. At least 12 other state legislatures are advancing similar measures. (See the Fetal Pain state map here).

Prohibiting Abortion Coverage in Obamacare

With the passage of S 1115, Idaho ensured that abortion will not be covered in health plans created through the Health Exchange instituted in Obamacare. Seven other states have passed this same law (AZ, LA, MO, MS, TN, UT, VA) and at least 17 other states have introduced similar measures. The passage of this bill ensures that the current law in Idaho, which prohibits abortion coverage in all health insurance plans, will not be jeopardized by Obamacare.

In addition, a resolution was passed (HCR 23) which removed a dangerous Health and Welfare Medicaid rule that could be used to fund teen abortions and potentially circumvent existing parental consent laws.

Not only was unborn life further protected by the legislature this year, but life was also protected until natural death with the passage of S 1070 prohibiting physician assisted suicide.

Fiscally speaking it was also a productive session. Governor Otter was an active proponent of a bill that was passed to balance the budget without raising taxes and several educational reform bills removing collective bargaining for teachers, instilling a merit-based pay system, and shifting allocation of school funds toward technology.

Very successful seems to be an adequate description of this years session, though it is easy to see how some might disagree. Perhaps Senate President Pro Tempore Brent Hill sums it up best of all when he says: History will tell if this session was a great accomplishment or failure. Anyone who claims we haven’t accomplished much wasn’t paying attention.