Marvin Richardson

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Marvin Richardson, a.k.a. Pro-Life, (August 5, 1941–) is a perennial anti-abortion candidate from Idaho.

He was born Marvin Thomas Richardson in Carbon County, Wyoming. He played basketball in high school and later attended Brigham Young University on an athletic scholarship but eventually got cut from the varsity basketball team. He later became an LDS missionary in Arizona, California and Nevada, graduating in 1967 with a degree in political science. He has since worked as an accountant, coal miner, and a salesman of irrigation equipment and CaterpillarWikipedia parts.

Since 2002, he has been an organic strawberry farmer in unincorporated Letha, Idaho, northwest of Boise. He has been married twice and has 15 children.

In 2004, he legally changed his middle name to "Pro-Life", and since then, has been running for public office in every general election in Idaho. He has stated that he intends to do so until his death.


Pro-Life was formerly a member of LDS but left the church in 1998, claiming it doesn't ascribe personhood to the unborn.[1]

He believes that women should not work outside the home[2] but encouraged his wife to run for Idaho House of Representatives in 2006. She did, as a Constitution Party member, but lost to the Republican candidate 25-75.

Naturally, he believes abortion is murder. He also wants to charge doctors who perform abortions with murder.[3]

He opposed the Troubled Asset Relief Program as a candidate in 2008, citing concerns that its implementation would result in "a total fascist dictatorship run by the bankers."[4]

He opposes war undertaken without a declaration of war by Congress, is non-interventionist and considers the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya to be unjust and unconstitutional.[5]

He also opposes public education, which he considers communist.[6]

After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, he suggested allowing Idaho sheriffs to organize groups of gun nuts armed volunteers to protect schools.[7]

Electoral history[edit]

  • 2004: ran for Idaho House of Representatives as the Constitution Party candidate, but lost to the Republican candidate, 22-78.
  • 2006: ran for Governor of Idaho initially as a Constitution Party candidate but got disavowed by the party. He received 1.62% of the votes.
  • 2008: ran for Larry Craig's vacant Senate seat, receiving 1.34% of the vote.
  • 2010: ran for Governor again, getting 0.85% of the vote.
  • 2012: ran for Idaho's 1st Congressional district, getting 2.4% of the vote.
  • 2014: ran again for Governor of Idaho, getting 0.65% of the vote.
  • 2016: ran again for Senate but lost in the Constitution Party primary.


  1. A Short Chronology of Pro-Life’s Life. Archived from the original at
  2. Kirsten, Wife of Prolife. Archived from the original at
  3. 'Pro-Life' gets name on ballot this year. Idaho Press, 20 March 2008.
  4. Idaho officials, candidates weigh in on federal bailout. Idaho Press, 25 September 2008.
  5. Candidate profile: U.S. Rep. District 1, Pro-Life (formerly Marvin Richardson) The Coeur d'Alene Press, 27 September 2012.
  6. The Idaho Gubernatorial Candidate Named "Pro-Life" The Daily Beast, 31 October 2013.
  7. Deputize armed volunteers to protect schools, says perennial Idaho candidate Pro-Life., 27 December 2012.