Idaho is now the fourteenth state to have passed a law protecting preborn life from the time a fetal heartbeat can be detected!
Two years of hard work. Two years of lots of sweat and tears. Two years of false starts and setbacks. It was certainly a spiritual battle. But God has been good and faithful. It was all in his good timing.
I was privileged to be present at the bill signing ceremony yesterday (see our press release below this message) with the legislative sponsors, Sen. Patti Anne Lodge (R-Caldwell) and Rep. Steven Harris (R-Meridian), who worked hard to get this legislation across the finish line.
We were also joined by Christian Welp from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise, whose assistance with this legislation was indispensable, and Linda Thomas from Stanton Healthcare, an Idaho-based pro-life pregnancy resource center whose medical team helped provide our legislators with accurate medical information about developing babies.
We’re thankful that Gov. Brad Little signed this law, which represents a huge step toward the ultimate goal of protecting all preborn life by ending abortion in our state.
You were an indispensable part of this huge victory for life. You prayed. You contacted your legislators. You joined us for the Heartbeat Bill Prayer Rally. You shared information about this legislation through email and on social media. You provided the financial support that made all of this possible.
Last night I thanked God for his good providence. And I did not forget to thank him for your partnership.
Let’s keep fighting for life.
Soli Deo gloria,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Governor Brad Little Signs Idaho Heartbeat Bill
BOISE, Idaho – Family Policy Alliance of Idaho, a pro-family ministry, applauds Gov. Brad Little for signing the Heartbeat Bill (H366) just minutes ago. The bill passed both legislative chambers with veto-proof supermajorities earlier this month.
The Fetal Heartbeat Preborn Child Protection Act, which is sponsored by Senator Patti Anne Lodge (R-Caldwell) and Representative Steven Harris (R-Meridian), would protect the right to life of preborn children with a detectable heartbeat. Doctors can easily find a fetal heartbeat as early as six weeks of gestational age through commonly available medical technologies like ultrasonography.
The medical community has found that 95 percent of preborn children with a fetal heartbeat detected early in the pregnancy will survive to term. Obstetricians consider fetal heart activity to be an important milestone in prenatal development and routinely run tests to determine heartrate as an important indicator of a preborn child’s health.
A statement from Blaine Conzatti, Executive Director for Family Policy Alliance of Idaho:
“Gov. Brad Little showed that Idaho recognizes the value of every preborn life when he signed the Heartbeat Bill this morning. We are proud that Idaho can be added to the list of pro-life states leading the charge in offering legal protection for our youngest and most defenseless residents. The action taken today by Gov. Brad Little will ultimately save thousands of precious lives.
“This Heartbeat Bill is constitutionally, scientifically, and morally sound. And thanks to modern medical technology, every new parent now knows the excitement of first hearing their son or daughter’s heartbeat during early prenatal check-ups. This explains why a reputable national poll found that nearly 70 percent of Americans – including 55 percent of Democrats – support this life-affirming legislation. Preborn babies with beating hearts deserve the same constitutional right to life accorded to any other living person.”
For questions or to schedule an interview with Blaine Conzatti, please contact (208) 260-5844 or Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com.
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho works to advance biblical citizenship and promote good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.