Anti-abortion clinic presses for hearing on Idaho sales tax break

Anti-abortion supporters of a sales tax exemption for pregnancy clinics will rally at the Capitol at noon Thursday to press the Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee to hold a hearing before the Legislature adjourns for the year.

The committee has had House Bill 62 since Feb. 13, following the House’s 58-12 vote for the bill. The Senate tax panel has long been suspicious of adding tax exemptions. One member, Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, has suggested that the committee may not hold a hearing on a House-passed exemption for Girl Scout cookies.

HB 62 was brought by Brandi Swindell, founder and president of Stanton Healthcare, a pro-life clinic.

“These centers should be on the top of the exemption list,” said Swindell in a news release. “Idaho exempts over 120 organizations currently including timber and ag interests. Are the trees more deserving then our young pregnant women and their babies?”

Last year, Swindell caused a stir at the Capitol when she brought an ultrasound machine to a  Senate committee hearing room and narrated as pregnant women underwent ultrasounds. The demonstration was aimed at helping pass a bill requiring ultrasounds before an abortion could be legally performed in Idaho. The bill passed the Senate but died in the House and has not been revived in 2013.

On Thursday, Swindell  is bringing a “clinic on wheels” to the Statehouse.

Swindell’s news release follows:

Press Release

For Immediate Release

For Details, Contact:
Brandi Swindell

Give those without a voice a hearing!

Rally to Get State Senate to Hear HB 62, to Support Pregnancy Clinics

Thursday, the 21st of March the Pregnancy Resource Coalition of Idaho will be joined by their supporters, including Right to Life of Idaho, in a rally on the front steps of the Idaho Statehouse at noon to encourage the Idaho State Senate to give HB 62 a hearing.

“Pregnancy Medical Clinics are incredibly valuable assets to their communities. They help our societies most vulnerable population. We are asking that you come stand with us and ask the Senate for a hearing. We deserve to have our voices heard,” said Reverend Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition from Washington DC.

“Sales tax exemptions were created to help the state support those organizations that support our local communities. What better example of that then Idaho’s Pregnancy Resource Clinics? These centers should be on the top of the exemption list,” said Brandi Swindell, Founder and President Stanton Healthcare. “Idaho exempts over 120 organizations currently including timber and ag interests. Are the trees more deserving then our young pregnant women and their babies?”

Stanton Healthcare will be offering a sneak peek of Stanton Mobile. This state of the art pregnancy medical clinic on wheels will be onsite to lend its massive presence to the cause. Stanton Mobile will allow the vision of Stanton Healthcare to carry to all of Southern Idaho.

‘The bottom line for pregnancy care centers is the life of the unborn child and wellbeing of the mother. House Bill 62 will provide much needed financial relief for these life-affirming centers that are dedicated to protecting the future citizens of Idaho. I can think of no organization that is more deserving of this exemption.” Pastor Jason Herring, President, Right to Life of Idaho.

Please join us and lend your voice to those without one.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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