The Idaho Democratic Party on Saturday endorsed a resolution at its statewide convention that opposes laws that restrict abortion and calls for support for access to reproductive health care.
Protect abortion and reproductive rights were the themes of the first two days of the Idaho Democrats convention in downtown Boise. Several Democratic political candidates, lawmakers and delegates have called for protecting and codifying the Roe v. Wade of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court in light of a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion released this spring that would void Roe v. Wade of a right to an abortion.
Idaho has a trigger law in placepassed by the Idaho Legislature in 2021, which would criminalize abortion as a crime in the state 30 days after the release of any U.S. Supreme Court decision reversing Roe v. Wade.
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The Democrats’ resolution passed by a voice vote of convention delegates.
It states, in part, that “the Idaho Democratic Party supports access to restrictive health care and people’s right to bodily autonomy” and “the Idaho Democratic Party opposes laws restricting abortion and methods of preventing pregnancy”.
Resolutions can be thought of as value statements that include calls to action.
Delegates also approved a range of other resolutions, including resolutions that call for increasing voting accessibility and maximizing early voting options, protecting library collections and staff, and supporting Reclaim Idaho’s Quality Education Act ballot initiativethat would increase funding for education by raising corporate tax rates from 6% to 8% and creating a new tax bracket for Idahoans who earn more than $250,000 as people.
New Idaho Democratic Party Platform Calls for Support for Education and Equity for All Idahoans
On Saturday, convention delegates also endorsed the Idaho Democratic Party’s 2022 Platform, which calls for support for quality, accessible health care for all, as well as equity, justice and opportunity. The platform itself does not specifically mention Roe v. Wade, abortion rights or access to reproductive health care.
The The platform is meant to reflect the beliefs, values and policies of the party, said Rep. Colin Nash, D-Boise. A platform committee worked on party platform projects for about a month. Based on feedback from Friday’s convention, the platform committee shortened its drafts to focus more on concise value statements as opposed to detailed policy proposals.
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“The Idaho Democratic Party does not advocate an issue or a position; we have a wide range of policies that we believe in,” Nash told convention delegates.
Committee members read the platform aloud in English and Spanish.
The platform of party delegates approved on Saturday is based on:
- Quality education for every student.
- An economy that works for everyone.
- Equity, justice and opportunity for all.
- Quality, accessible health care for every Idahoan.
- Strengthening democracy, fighting extremism and ending corruption.
- Protect natural resources.
“This platform is exactly what I want to go sell Idaho,” Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor Terri Pickens Manweiler told delegates. “This is exactly what I want to talk to every Idahoan about when I visit their communities, their counties – rural and urban – and it will give me the opportunity to inject my own personal beliefs into the platform and it doesn’t stick with me. stepping foot in something that may or may not be something I can be elected to be in. This platform will allow me to be your next Lieutenant Governor.
About 250 people attended the convention, including 113 delegates and 40 proxy delegates, organizers said. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was the party’s first convention since 2018. The Democrats’ convention began Friday with speeches by Manweiler and gubernatorial candidate Stephen Heidt.
The convention wraps up Sunday in downtown Boise with the Black Caucus Breakfast.
The Idaho Republican Party convention runs from July 14 to July 16 at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls.