News Roundup: Pocatello awards drag queens | Labrador fights Boise homelessness

News Roundup: Pocatello awards drag queens | Labrador fights Boise homelessness

1. Idaho Family Policy Center fights for Iowa’s Heartbeat Law

Planned Parenthood will stop at nothing to protect their biggest money maker—abortions.

Even though the US Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs that states can regulate abortion to protect human life, Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit challenging Iowa’s newly implemented Heartbeat law. Now, the Iowa Supreme Court is set to weigh in.

According to Planned Parenthood, the Iowa Constitution protects abortionists’ ability to kill children—even though the constitutional language makes no reference to abortion whatsoever.

In response to this ridiculously incoherent legal argument, Idaho Family Policy Center and 32 other state-based family policy councils stood up to Planned Parenthood by filing an amicus brief that urges the Iowa Supreme Court to uphold the Heartbeat Law.

The brief argues that the preborn baby “is a person who enjoys all three of the rights on which the Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Clause is predicated—life, liberty, and property.” Abortion-on-demand “dehumanizes” the preborn, denying them “the equal protection of the laws that protect human life from intentional destruction by others.”

Let’s be praying the Iowa Supreme Court recognizes the self-evident truth that preborn children deserve the same constitutional rights as every other person!


2. Pocatello gives award to drag performers for exposing kids to hyper-sexualized lifestyles

The City of Pocatello is making the news—and for all the wrong reasons.

It’s hard to believe, but the Pocatello Human Relations Advisory Committee just gave a “Human and Civil Rights” award to Reading Time with the Queens, a group of cross-dressing individuals who think it’s appropriate to indoctrinate children with radical gender ideology.

One of the drag performers, who is a biological female who dresses as a man, said she thinks that “it’s very important for LGBTQ+ children to see LGBTQ+ adults living their lives, and then knowing that drag is also an art form that can be for everybody.”

Earlier this year, the group tried to host a story hour for kids at the Marshall Public Library. But after local parents protested, event organizers decided to relocate to a private facility.

Despite the clear feelings of their community, Pocatello officials thought it was appropriate to celebrate the group anyway.

Good job Pocatello for giving awards to the real heroes—adults who want to groom children into gender-bending tomfoolery!


3. Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador battles homeless encampments

In recent years, Boise has started to look more and more like Seattle and Portland. Despite open beds at Boise Rescue Mission and other local shelters, homeless encampments have been popping up across the city—littering the city with needles, drugs, and human waste.

Unfortunately, federal courts have tied the hands of Idaho cities when it comes to dealing with homeless encampments. In 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Boise ordinance banning overnight camping on city sidewalks and in public parks violated the constitutional prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

Thankfully, Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador isn’t tolerating this judicial mischief anymore. His office recently filed an amicus brief which asks the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to “course-correct its errant Eighth Amendment holdings” so that Idaho residents can once again enjoy downtown spaces.

As his brief compellingly argues, “Communities should not be forced to live under these conditions. Nor should the threat to the public welfare be taken lightly.”

Idahoans thank you, Attorney General Labrador!


4. Iowa Governor responds to book banning accusations

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed legislation back in May to protect children from encountering pornography in school libraries. Predictably, progressive activists are now accusing her of unconstitutional book banning.

Responding to these claims, Gov. Reynolds points out that the books are still available to parents in the state: “Go buy the book, sit down, and have a conversation with your child, but let’s not put that on the teachers, and let’s not put that on the schools.”

Here in Idaho, Governor Brad Little vetoed a similar piece of legislation earlier this year. The Children’s School and Library Protection Act – which was drafted by Idaho Family Policy Center and sponsored by Rep. Jaron Crane (R-Nampa) and Sen. Cindy Carlson (R-Riggins) – would have created a duty of care for public schools and community libraries to restrict children’s access to obscene materials.

Now more than ever, Idaho needs bold leadership like that shown by Gov. Reynolds!



CORRECTION: A previous version of this news roundup incorrectly stated that AG Raul Labrador filed his amicus brief asking the US Supreme Court to intervene on the issue of overnight camping in public spaces.




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