Friends,

Let me encourage you: biblical citizenship has a real impact!

Last week you flooded the Senate Commerce and Human Resource Committee with emails and calls voicing opposition to the Planned Parenthood-supported Abortifacient Mandate (SB 1050).

This extreme legislation would have mandated insurance coverage for contraceptives—including abortifacients like “Plan B” and “Ella” that can end pregnancies after fertilization.

Your action prompted the legislative sponsor, Sen. Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise), to pull the bill. She has removed its most radical provision – the abortifacient mandate – and has reintroduced the bill as SB 1098. Family Policy Alliance of Idaho continues to oppose the bill over religious liberty concerns and because it increases unnecessary government regulation of health insurance companies.

Thank you for making your voice heard. You showed that biblical citizenship makes a difference!

Standing with you,

Blaine Conzatti
Executive Director

 

P.S. Please prayerfully consider a monthly gift to Family Policy Alliance of Idaho as we work to promote God-honoring legislation at the State Capitol. A monthly gift of $15, $25, or $50 will go a long way in keeping Idaho a state where families can flourish!

 

Friends,

One of our victories in the legislative session last year was successfully blocking a Planned Parenthood-supported contraceptive and abortifacient mandate.

Guess what? State Sen. Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise) just introduced the bill again. Abortion advocates are nothing if not persistent.

Senate Bill 1050 requires health insurance companies to cover a twelve-month supply of “contraceptives” — including abortifacients like “Plan B” and “Ella” that end a pregnancy after conception by preventing a fertilized egg from implanting and receiving the nutrition it needs to survive!

Many employers and employees have religious objections to spending their health care dollars on drugs that end the life of a preborn child after conception.

Consider the stories of Hobby Lobby (an arts and crafts retail company owned by an evangelical family) and the Little Sisters of the Poor (a Catholic religious order of nuns). Both morally objected to a similar contraceptive mandate imposed by Obamacare. They spent years in court fighting for an exemption to the mandate so they would no longer have to violate their religious beliefs!

We need your help to defeat this bill again. Send a message to the state senators on the Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee asking them to vote against this anti-life and anti-religious freedom legislation!

It only takes one minute of your time, so please use our Action Center to send your message to key senators right now!

Standing for life and religious freedom,

Blaine Conzatti
Executive Director

Friends,

Wow! The 2020 Idaho Legislative Session has officially concluded—and what a successful session it was!

The laws passed this year should provide families with hope for the future of Idaho. Family Policy Alliance of Idaho has been on the front lines—equipping legislators and mobilizing voters—to make sure Idaho will continue to be a place where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

Here are the victories we achieved this year:

1. Simon’s Law (HB578): Signed by Gov. Little

Until now, Idaho doctors were legally allowed to withdraw life-sustaining care from a child without consulting the parents. Simon’s Law closes this loophole, making sure parents are notified and have the right to transfer medical care of their child to another provider.

Please read Simon and Tabitha’s stories to see why Simon’s Law is necessary—or watch our press conference HERE.

Sponsors: Rep. John Vander Woude (R-Nampa) and Sen. Lori Den Hartog (R-Meridian)

2. Fairness in Women’s Sports Act (HB500): Signed by Governor Little

This first-in-the-nation law will help save girls’ sports and preserve athletic opportunities for our daughters. As more biological men start competing in women’s sports, female athletes are being displaced and losing out on the victories they’ve worked hard to achieve. The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act limits participation in girls’ high school and college sports to biological girls, making clear that women’s sports are for women only.

Read my article explaining more about this groundbreaking law at The Resurgent.

Sponsors: Rep. Barbara Ehardt (R-Idaho Falls) and Sen. Mary Souza (R-Coeur d’Alene)

3. Idaho Vital Statistics Act (HB509): Signed by Governor Little

The Idaho Vital Statistics Act restores factual accuracy to state records by preventing people from changing the “sex” marker on their birth certificates.

Without accurate birth certificates, law enforcement officials have a harder time identifying suspects and victims, and public health officials can’t compile accurate statistics. Furthermore, just imagine the mess that occurs in the criminal justice system and in women’s domestic violence shelters when it becomes impossible to quickly and conclusively determine a person’s biological sex.

Sponsors: Rep. Julianne Young (R-Blackfoot) and Senator Steve Vick (R-Dalton Gardens)

4. “Choose Life” License Plate (SB1249): Signed by Governor Little

This law creates a new “Choose Life” specialty license plate that will be available at Idaho DMVs starting January 2021. Proceeds from the sale of these license plates will be distributed to pro-life pregnancy resource centers offering compassionate care and support to women facing unexpected pregnancies.

Sponsors: Sen. Regina Bayer (R-Meridian) and Rep. Brent Crane (R-Nampa)

5. Abortifacient Mandate (SB1275): Defeated in Senate

Sometimes victory is found not only the good bills you pass, but in the bad bills that you defeat. This legislation, which was written and supported by Planned Parenthood, would have required that insurance companies cover a six-month supply of contraception—including abortifacients like “Plan B” and “Ella.” These abortifacient drugs end a pregnancy after conception by preventing a fertilized egg from implanting and receiving the nutrition it needs to survive.

Sponsor: Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb (D-Boise)

I am so grateful for YOUR support that enabled these successes. You have been a shining example of what we at Family Policy Alliance call “biblical citizenship.” Hundreds of you sent emails and made phone calls to your legislators and the governor, and many more prayed for our efforts and supported us financially. We couldn’t have done it without YOU!

Would you consider a gift to Family Policy Alliance of Idaho? It takes financial resources to achieve these wins. Whether it’s a $25 or $150 gift, we would love to partner with you to keep pushing for pro-family policies in our beloved state. With your help, we know Idaho’s best days are ahead of us.

Standing boldly for Idaho families,

Blaine Conzatti
Director of Advocacy

The Idaho House of Representatives is about to vote on a bill that would provide state taxpayer funding for abortifacients – drugs that kill a newly fertilized embryo.  The bill (H563) passed the committee and could pass the full House unless pro-life Idahoans speak up.

Please send a quick email to your state representative now.

Two of the so-called contraceptives that will almost certainly be covered by this bill – Plan B and Ella – are potential abortifacients, because they can prevent implantation of the newly-fertilized embryo.

Dr. James Trussell, a member of Planned Parenthood’s national medical committee, Director of Princeton’s Office of Population Research, and one of the world’s leading authorities on emergency contraception, has stated:

“To make an informed choice, women must know that (emergency contraceptive pills) … prevent pregnancy primarily by delaying or inhibiting ovulation and inhibiting fertilization, but may at times inhibit implantation of a fertilized egg in the endometrium.”

We’ve made it easy to speak up to your state representative.  It only takes a few seconds at our Action Center, and your voice could make the difference as this bill goes to a vote very soon.

Thanks for making your voice heard!

Sincerely,

Julie Lynde
Policy Director