Idaho Becomes First State to Criminalize Coercing a Woman to Have an Abortion

Idaho Becomes First State to Criminalize Coercing a Woman to Have an Abortion

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter signed a bill into law on Thursday that makes Idaho the first state to legally forbid individuals from forcing a woman to have an abortion.

House Bill 654 criminalizes any physical harm or threats used with the intention of inducing an abortion.

Thanks to the new law, “a woman or girl wronged by a predator or abusive partner would not have to wait upon the mercies of some prosecuting attorney to seek justice – even after an abortion. In fact, the language of the law allows a woman to seek civil damages even if she doesn’t undergo an abortion,” explained an Idaho Chooses Life web report.

“We currently have laws that protect a woman’s right to choose abortion but virtually nothing that protects a woman from being forced into having an abortion. Predators, abusive boyfriends and angry mothers and fathers have been violently coercing women into getting abortions for years,” stated Brandi Swindell of Engage the Culture in a March testimony to the House committee looking at the bill.

Planned Parenthood, that “champion” of women’s rights, opposed the bill.

Planned Parenthood of Idaho expressed disappointment over the enactment of the new law on their website. Instead of the anti-coercion legislation, the Planned Parenthood encourages more programs dealing with domestic abuse, increased contraceptive distribution, and the development of “comprehensive sex education” programs.

Would have been bad for business, no doubt….

History’s Greatest Monster is at it again

..and even Democrats are starting to turn on him:

The new chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee on Monday criticized fellow Democrat Jimmy Carter for plans to meet with Hamas, saying the former president holds “warped” views on the Middle East.

By meeting with the militant Islamic group that controls Gaza and does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, Carter “in effect is undermining a current policy which is not just American but held by many others,” Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., said in an interview with The Associated Press.

The Bush administration also has criticized Carter’s plans to meet in Syria this week with the leader of Hamas, and the plans have angered Israel. There’s been less public criticism from other Democrats.

When the Democrats think you’re too soft on terrorists… Wow…..

Another incentive for businesses to move to Delaware

New Jersey on the Chesapeake –

There was good news in Maryland last week, where the state legislature voted to repeal a widely loathed tax on computer services. Much less appealing is the way they did it: In place of the tech tax, legislators pushed through a late-night income tax rate surcharge on Marylanders making more than $1 million a year to 6.25% for three years.

Consumers and business groups had fought the tech tax that had many companies considering moving their offices over state lines. Republicans aimed to offset the computer tax repeal by slowing the rate of growth in state spending to 3.7% from the Governor’s planned 5.9%. But Democrats who dominate the legislature jammed through the income tax hike after defeating five attempts to repeal the tech tax without it.

The surcharge continues Maryland’s march up the ladder from a low- to high-tax state. Two years ago Maryland had a low flat tax rate of 4.75% on income of more than $3,000. Last year it made the code more progressive, raising the rate to 5% on single filers earning more than $150,000 and the top rate to 5.5% on those over $500,000. State pols also raised the corporate tax rate to 8.25% from 7%, and the sales tax to 6% from 5%.

As California and New Jersey have shown, a steeply progressive income tax makes state revenue highly dependent on relatively few earners. In good times, those earners do well and the pols spend the excess revenues. But in slowdowns, the state quickly finds itself in deficit, and, true to this form, Maryland’s pols now find themselves on the New Jersey ratchet to ever higher rates.

As state Senate Minority Whip Allan Kittleman pointed out, many of Maryland’s so-called millionaires are actually small businesses that pay taxes through their proprietor’s personal tax returns. With the state’s economy struggling, wise money would avoid cudgeling a sector that has grown to more than 440,000 small businesses statewide. They now have another incentive to move to Delaware.

The only thing that might save Delaware’s economy is that the Democrats in surrounding states understand economics even less than ours do.

Employers warn that minimum wage increase will reduce employment, Senator refuses to listen

Some employers fear minimum-wage hike | delawareonline | The News Journal

Dukart said his company, which employs about 700, has very few workers earning minimum wage, and those who do usually get a raise within a year. Nonetheless, the proposal would drive up his labor costs for those earning the minimum and put pressure on him to increase other wages.

“From a business standpoint, we’re getting hammered on every end,” Dukart said. “When your labor increases, so does your payroll tax and workers’ comp, and it just goes on and on and on.”

Saul Hoffman, chairman of the economics department at the University of Delaware, said most economists agree that minimum-wage hikes cause some employers to cut back on hiring, making it harder for some workers to find jobs.

“If employment is lower, somebody isn’t getting a job who would otherwise get a job,” Hoffman said. “We don’t see a layoff necessarily, but we just see a position not getting filled.”

Dukart said a business can never afford to have an incompetent employee, but in the good times a boss might have “more of a heart.”

“When times are pretty tough, you can’t afford to have a heart as much,” Dukart said.

Marshall rejected the argument that a minimum-wage hike would result in a loss in jobs, saying the evidence from previous increases shows that Delaware has not lost jobs.

What Marshall fails to understand is that we can’t see how many jobs went uncreated because of the previous increases. It’s this invisible, but real nonetheless, job loss that we should seek to avoid. And a job not created is an opportunity for someone lost, which reduces their work experience, which reduces their future income potential. The surest way to hurt the poor is to keep them from getting jobs.

Think of it this way: when gas prices go up, we try to use less gas. When electricity costs more, we make sure to turn the lights off when we leave the room. Is Senator Marshall denying the laws of economics don’t apply to jobs? That somehow employers are exempt from behavior we all practice in our daily lives? Raising the minimum wage is bad economics, bad logic and bad for the poor while appearing helpful. So naturally Democrats love it.


“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” – John Marshall

“The war against illegal plunder has been fought since the beginning of the world. But how is… legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. Then abolish this law without delay… If such a law is not abolished immediately it will spread, multiply and develop into a system.” – Frederic Bastiat

“[April 15] is the last day for filing income tax returns- a day that reminds us that taxpayers pay too much of their earnings to the Federal Government. And Americans will continue to pay too much money to the Federal Government until the Congress acts on our proposals to reduce tax rates across the board… While April 15 serves as a reminder, the people of the United States truly do not need to be reminded. They are victims of inflation, which pushes them into higher tax brackets. They are robbed daily of a better standard of living. They are discouraged from work and investment… Taxes are much too high to deal in half measures… The choice before us is clear. I strongly feel that the great majority of Americans believe that nothing would better encourage economic growth than leaving more money in the hands of the people who earn it. It’s time to stop stripping bare the productive citizens of America and funneling their hard-earned income into the Federal bureaucracy. Today is a day when the people reaffirm their commitment to our system by contributing a portion of their income to the Government. Americans have always been prepared to pay their fair share, but today they should make it clear to all elected officials that government has gone beyond its bounds and that the people will not tolerate the ever-increasing tax burden they have experienced in recent years.” – Ronald Reagan

“Most of what Congress is constitutionally authorized to spend for is listed in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution and includes: coining money, establish Post Offices, to support Armies and a few other activities. Today’s federal budget is over $3 trillion dollars. I challenge anyone to find specific constitutional authority for at least $2 trillion of it. That includes Social Security, Medicare, farm and business handouts, education, prescription drugs and a host of other federal expenditures. Americans who have become accustomed to living at the expense of another American would not want Congress to obey the Constitution, especially if it left out their favorite handout.” – Walter Williams

“Could anything be more incoherent or sad? Gender Identity Disorder is not ‘incredible,’ no matter how politically fashionable it has become to claim otherwise. It is not just another hue in the rainbow of diversity. It is a dysfunction. It should be met with sympathy, counseling, and therapy, not with five-page spreads in People and appearances on ‘Oprah.’ Headlines notwithstanding, there is no ‘pregnant man.’ There is only a confused and unsettled woman, who proclaims that surgery, hormones, and clothing made her a man, and is clinging to that fiction even as the baby growing in her womb announces her womanhood to the world.” – Jeff Jacoby

“There are only two ways to do things in life: voluntarily or forced. We reporters may be obnoxious, intrusive, stupid, rude, etc., but we cannot force anyone to do anything. All our work is in the voluntary sector. But litigation is force. When a plaintiff sues, a defendant is forced to mount a defense. If he settles or loses, he’s forced to pay. Government is the enforcer. Sometimes we need force- including the force behind the litigators- to protect our freedoms, just as we may need missiles. But we try not to use our missiles because we understand that they do tremendous collateral damage. But litigation does collateral damage, too. The millions spent on legal defense can’t be used to make life-enhancing- and life-saving- products. We ought to avoid using lawyers the way we avoid firing missiles.” – John Stossel