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May 10, 2021

Gov. Little Signs Bill To “Defund” Abortion Providers
The new law would also prevent public schools, colleges, and universities from promoting abortion and dispensing abortifacients to students

 

BOISE, Idaho – Family Policy Alliance of Idaho – a pro-family ministry – applauds Gov. Little for signing the “No Public Funds For Abortion Act” (H220).

The new law “defunds” abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, making sure that state and local money cannot be used to promote or provide abortions. The legislation contains exceptions for publicly funded hospitals and for abortions funded by Medicaid in accordance with the Hyde amendment.

The No Public Funds For Abortion Act, which is sponsored by Sen. Christy Zito (R-Hammett) and Reps. Bruce Skaug (R-Nampa) and Brent Crane (R-Nampa), also prevents abortion providers from teaching sexual education in public schools, and it would end the current practice of public colleges dispensing abortifacients that can end a pregnancy after conception.

Boise State University, the University of Idaho, and Idaho State University currently offer abortifacients and abortion counseling through student health centers.

Additionally, a transition report issued last year under the auspices of Mayor Lauren McLean (D-Boise) broadcasted the City of Boise’s intention to offer free abortions to city residents. The ‘No Public Funds For Abortion Act’ forbids the City of Boise from entering contracts with abortion providers and offering abortion-related services to its residents.

This new law is especially timely because the Biden administration recently proposed administrative rule changes that would allow abortion providers to once again participate in the federal Title X family planning program. Under the regulatory scheme outlined in H220, abortion providers in Idaho could not receive Title X funds if the money passed through state or local government agencies.

 

A statement from Blaine Conzatti, Executive Director for Family Policy Alliance of Idaho:

“Defunding Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers was one of our top priorities when legislative session began earlier this year. Idahoans don’t want their state or local governments sending their hard-earned money to abortion providers—and they certainly don’t want abortionists providing services and promoting abortion in our public schools and universities.

“Abortion should never be subsidized with our tax dollars, and Idaho public school students should never learn about sexuality from the abortion industry. The No Public Funds For Abortion Act protects students, vulnerable women, and hard-working taxpayers from the ‘Big Abortion’ lobby.  Ware excited that Gov. Brad Little signed this important pro-life reform that protects taxpayer assets from abortion providers who have benefitted from government largesse for too long.”

 

Media Contact:

For questions or to schedule an interview with Blaine Conzatti, please contact (208) 260-5844 or Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com.

 

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Family Policy Alliance of Idaho works to advance biblical citizenship and promote good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.

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April 27, 2021

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.”

 

Media Contact:

For questions or to schedule an interview with Blaine Conzatti, please contact (208) 260-5844 or Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com.

 

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Family Policy Alliance of Idaho works to advance biblical citizenship and promote good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.

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April 21, 2021

Heartbeat Bill Passes Idaho State Legislature, Waits for Governor’s Signature

Family Policy Alliance of Idaho Calls on Gov. Little to Sign H366

BOISE, Idaho – Family Policy Alliance of Idaho, a pro-family ministry, celebrates the passage of the Heartbeat Bill (H366) in the Idaho State Senate today. The bill passed the State House of Representatives last Friday and now awaits consideration by Gov. Brad Little.

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:

“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.

“The Idaho Heartbeat Bill is constitutionally, scientifically, and morally sound. Governor Brad Little should sign this Heartbeat Bill and recommit Idaho as a pro-life state leading the charge in offering legal protection for its youngest and most defenseless residents. Preborn babies with beating hearts deserve the same constitutional right to life accorded to any other living person.”

 

Media Contact:

For questions or to schedule an interview with Blaine Conzatti, please contact (208) 260-5844 or Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com.

 

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Family Policy Alliance works to advance biblical citizenship and promote good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.

ABORTION – Amends existing law to require certain information about abortion to be posted on the Department of Health and Welfare website.

TAXES – Amends H.B. 463 to revise the child tax credit and to provide legislative intent.

ABORTION COMPLICATIONS REPORTING ACT – Adds to and amends existing law to enact the Abortion Complications Reporting Act.

PORNOGRAPHY – Stating findings of the Legislature and recognizing that pornography is a public health hazard and encouraging all state and local government agencies to ensure that pornographic materials are not accessible from their Internet connections.

MEDIA ADVISORY
April 7, 2021

Capitol Prayer Rally Scheduled Tomorrow to Celebrate Idaho Heartbeat Day

BOISE, Idaho – Family Policy Alliance of Idaho – a pro-family ministry – plans to co-host a rally on the Idaho State Capitol steps to celebrate “Idaho Heartbeat Day” (Thursday, April 8th) and build support for the Heartbeat Bill (S1183) currently making its way through the state legislature.

Heartbeat Bill Prayer Rally

When: Thursday– April 8th – 5:30pm MT

Where: Idaho State Capitol front steps

The event is co-hosted by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise and will feature speeches and prayers from local pastors, legislators, and pro-life activists.

Local students will also be delivering balloons to the office of every state legislator tomorrow to raise awareness for “Idaho Heartbeat Day.”

The Idaho Heartbeat Bill (S1183) would protect preborn life after a fetal heartbeat is detectable. Twelve other states have passed Heartbeat laws offering similar protections for preborn children.

 

Media Contact:

Blaine Conzatti, (208) 260-5844, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com

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Family Policy Alliance of Idaho works to advance biblical citizenship and promote good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.

 

TAXES – Amends H.B. 463 to revise the child tax credit and to provide legislative intent.