News Roundup: Judge confirms students can’t vote with student IDs

News Roundup: Judge confirms students can’t vote with student IDs

1. Expanding government welfare programs isn’t pro-life

In the wake of the Dobbs decision last summer that allowed state-level abortion bans to take effect, many misguided individuals on both sides of the aisle have begun advocating expanded government assistance for mothers and children as the “pro-life” position.

While we absolutely want to help mothers and children get the resources they need, government welfare programs are not the solution, Blaine Conzatti told ProPublica last week.

“The Bible is clear – and the history of Christendom broadly is clear – that it’s the church’s responsibility to meet the needs of the poor and to ensure that people have the services that they need to live flourishing lives,” Conzatti explained.

Instead of trapping families into a vicious cycle of government dependency, churches and pregnancy resource centers can provide families with practical assistance, love, and compassion in ways that an impersonal government welfare office simply can’t.


2. Ada County Court confirms that students can’t vote with their student IDs

In an effort to secure elections, Rep. Tina Lambert (R-Nampa) and Sen. Scott Herndon (R-Sagle) successfully sponsored House Bill 124, which prohibits the use of school-issued student identification cards at polling places.

Leftist student activists weren’t happy—and instead of getting proper identification documents like everyone else, they decided to whine and ask a judge to block the new law.

One of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit was BABE Vote, led by Shiva Rajbhandari, an 18-year-old college student who serves on the Boise school board. Rajbhandari made news earlier this year after he tweeted that he hoped to “piss on [Gov. Little’s] grave” for signing legislation that protects gender-confused children from sex change drugs and surgeries.

Thankfully, Ada County Judge Samuel Hoagland dismissed their lawsuit last week, telling these young adults what they needed to hear—that students are not a protected class deserving special privileges.

“The removal of student identification cards as permissible means of identification at the polls or for voter registration… does not unduly burden voters; there are other valid and free means to identify oneself at the polls and for voter registration,” the judge said in his ruling.

Hopefully these students have learned that being an adult comes with adult responsibilities—and if you want to vote, you better get proper identification.


3. North Idaho maternity ward did NOT close because of pro-life laws

Pro-abortion activists and their media allies are getting more creative with their outlandish claims.

One recent example? Consider the claim that rural hospitals like Bonner General Hospital are closing maternity wards in protest of our pro-life laws protecting preborn lives from abortion violence.

If you listen to the Idaho Statesman editorial board, the Heartbeat and Trigger laws are “driving healthcare providers out of the state” and causing “health care desertification” in places like Bonner County.

Of course, this narrative is completely false. The issue is not that Idaho law prevents doctors from killing babies. Instead, the real problem is that rural hospitals like Bonner General are facing unique challenges such as staff shortages, an aging population, declining birth rates, and more.

Maternity wards are closing in rural areas all over the country, including in abortion-friendly states like Oregon, where St. Alphonsus recently announced plans to close its Baker City birth center that had been facing many of the same problems as Bonner General.

The problem is so widespread and longstanding that “more than 100 rural hospitals in the U.S. have closed entirely since 2005, with trends worsened and accelerated by Covid,” according to analysis from our friends at SBA Pro-Life America.

It just so happens that many pro-life states coincidentally include large rural areas with struggling hospitals—but instead of blaming the systemic problems faced by rural hospitals everywhere, pro-abortion activists blame pro-life laws for hospital woes.

While policymakers need to wrestle with ways to help rural hospitals continue providing care to their communities, it is clear that abortion laws aren’t to blame.


5. Christian dad fired for wearing a shirt with a bible verse on it

Eaton Corporation, a power management company, aims “to be a model of inclusion and diversity in [the] industry—a place where everyone matters, a place where everyone belongs.”

In fact, Eaton values diversity and inclusion so much that they fired Corey Cunningham for expressing his Christian faith.

Cunningham previously asked for religious accommodations so he wouldn’t be forced to call his coworkers by the incorrect pronouns, which he believes is tantamount to lying. But Eaton denied his request.

Cunningham, who is the father to eleven children, then wore a shirt with Proverbs 16:18 inscribed on it: “Pride goes before destruction, an arrogant spirit before a fall.”

This was the final straw for his woke employer. Eaton – which had previously encouraged other employees to support transgenderism and express their LGBT identity in the workplace – suddenly decided that individual expression rooted in biblical faith would not be tolerated, ultimately terminating Cunningham for his beliefs.

When the left tells you they are loving and accepting, don’t believe it!


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