“We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and promote our common welfare do establish this Constitution.”

 

Dear Friends,

Like many of you, I cherish our federal constitution. Remarkably, not only has it produced the most free and prosperous society in human history, but it has outlived every other constitution adopted by other nations. During the 230 years our constitution has been in effect, France has had 15 constitutions, Brazil has had seven, and South Korea has had four. There should be no doubt that the U.S. Constitution is indeed “exceptional.”

Much of the reason for its success can be found in the “self-evident truths” that informed those wise men who framed our founding documents. These first principles, deeply rooted in divine truth as revealed through God’s Word and right reason, provided our founding fathers with a framework that would enable them to create the most just and enduring government the world has ever seen.

Calvin Coolidge, our 30th president, recognized Christianity as the source of these first principles. He said, “The authority of law, the right to equality, liberty, and property under American institutions, have for their foundation reverence for God.”

But did you know these same transcendent truths also served as the foundation for the Constitution of the State of Idaho, which was ratified by the people in 1889?

The opening line of the Idaho Constitution begins with the unashamed declaration that the people of Idaho are “grateful to Almighty God for our freedom.” From the very beginning, Idahoans and their state government recognized God’s providential role as the Author of our freedom. They joyfully gave thanks for the ways He has blessed the people of this state with the ability to enjoy their inalienable rights. How great is that?

For what purpose was constitutional state government instituted in Idaho? The Preamble answers that question: the people of Idaho have framed a constitution that will empower them to “secure [the] blessings” of our freedom and “promote our common welfare.”

Additionally, the framers of the Idaho Constitution recognized the equality of all people and sought to ensure that inalienable rights would be recognized and protected. “All men are by nature free and equal, and have certain inalienable rights, among which are enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring, possessing and protecting property; pursuing happiness and securing safety.”

One of the most fundamental of these inalienable rights is religious freedom. Idahoans are constitutionally guaranteed religious liberty: “The exercise and enjoyment of religious faith and worship shall forever be guaranteed; and no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege, or capacity on account of his religious opinions.”

If our state government stays true to the eternal truths exemplified in the Idaho Constitution, we will remain a happy and prosperous people. Idaho families will flourish, and our children will enjoy the blessings of freedom.

Family Policy Alliance of Idaho works on your behalf to advocate faithful adherence to these proven principles. We are on a mission to unleash biblical citizenship in the Gem State by equipping citizens to understand the issues, mobilizing voters who share our values, building alliances with churches, and working with policymakers to promote sound policy.

Our vision is an Idaho where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

Will you join with us in making this a reality for generations to come? We invite you to partner with us by making a gift of $25, $75, or $250 today.

Standing with the family of believers in Idaho,

Blaine Conzatti
Director of Advocacy

The third-year nursing student and college cheerleader had found out just days before that she was unexpectedly pregnant, and now, in the abortion clinic with her boyfriend, she was facing pressure from doctors and nurses. They were telling her that she was “doing the right thing” by getting an abortion. After all, as the doctor said, “It’s not the right time” to have this baby—and her boyfriend agreed.

Andrea knew she had reservations about what she was doing. In the days leading up to her trip to the abortion clinic, her mom had been begging her to reconsider her decision. This morning, Andrea had barely been able to keep back her tears in the waiting room while waiting for the clinic nurse to call her name.

When the doctor handed her the first of two abortion pills—an increasingly common method of abortion, called chemical abortion, performed during the first trimester of pregnancy—Andrea says she “froze.” The doctor, seeing her hesitation, said abruptly, “Now hurry up and take that pill before it melts in your hand, it’s very expensive.”

Suppressing that screaming inner voice telling her not to do it, Andrea swallowed the pill, then, wishing she hadn’t, tried to throw it up. The doctor reminded her to take the second abortion pill 24 hours later.

When she left the clinic, Andrea says she ran “straight for the car where I fell to the ground crying and screaming for God to forgive me.” She knew she had to “fix” her “mistake,” so she called her mom, who took her to hospitals and doctors, hoping someone could offer a way to reverse the chemical abortion already in progress. Their search turned up empty, so Andrea, devastated, called her aunt to pray that God would save her baby despite her bad decision, and then went to bed.

When Andrea awoke the next morning, she stumbled upon an article about a doctor who had successfully reversed a chemical abortion. She immediately called a phone number, operated by Abortion Pill Rescue, a coalition of prolife OBGYNs who offer what is called “abortion pill reversal.” The compassionate voice that answered the phone put Andrea in touch with a local doctor, who told her to rush to the doctor’s office.

The doctor confirmed the baby’s heartbeat and immediately began the reversal procedure, which involves progesterone injections that can reverse the chemical abortion, stabilizing the pregnancy and allowing for a healthy baby.

Just like Andrea, many women enter abortion clinics unsure about the decision they’re making. These women immediately regret taking the first dosage of medication to end their pregnancy, yet they often don’t know where to turn or what options they have available to reverse what could be the worst decision of their lives.

Knowing this, North Dakota Rep. Daniel Johnston and other state legislators, with the help of Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota®, led a successful effort earlier this year to enact a state law requiring that women who receive chemical abortions be informed that it may be possible to reverse the effects of the medicine if they change their minds.

Unfortunately, pro-abortion activists are suing the state to overturn the North Dakota informed consent provision that empowers women like Andrea with the knowledge to make an informed decision about their chemical abortion. To make matters worse, a judge recently blocked the enforcement of the law.

As the director of advocacy for Family Policy Alliance of Idaho®, I’ve seen something comparable to what is taking place in North Dakota also play out in my state.

The Idaho legislature, with the help of Family Policy Alliance of Idaho and other pro-life organizations, passed a similar informed consent bill in 2018 that also faced legal challenges in the courts. Our informed consent law survived the court challenges, an outcome that should give hope to our friends in the Peace Garden State.

Informed consent for chemical abortion is supported by the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which boasts a membership of over 2,500 medical professionals.

And these laws seem to be effective. Although it’s a relatively new medical practice, abortion pill reversal protocol has saved the lives of 750 babies so far, according to Heartbeat International. Sadly, too many mothers living in states without these informed consent laws don’t find out there’s a way to reverse their chemical abortion until it’s too late.

Remember Andrea, the cheerleader and nursing student? She gave birth to Gabriel, a perfectly healthy, beautiful baby boy. “I thank God and I thank my doctor, an angel sent from above to save precious little lives, and to save the lives of mothers, because without her, I don’t know where I would be today,” Andrea also wrote in an online testimony. Family Policy Alliance® talked to her in this video after Gabriel was born.

Please keep praying that the North Dakota informed consent provision survives its legal challenges in the courts. Laws like these are medically sound and legally defensible, furthering a compelling state interest to ensure women are adequately informed before undergoing medical procedures. But perhaps most importantly, these laws really do save lives—and save mothers from a lifetime of regret.

Standing with you for life,

Blaine Conzatti
Director of Advocacy
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho

Deregulating an industry and celebrating Idaho’s great western history normally sound like a good idea. However, making sure the means of reaching these goals are equally good is vital. There is currently an effort to allow historic gambling on horse racing, otherwise known as instant racing, on your ballot this fall. This measure is not the way to deregulate or celebrate Idaho’s history.

There is much confusion and misinformation about what this initiative does and what this sort of gambling looks like in real life. This proposal will bring year-round slot-machine casinos operating 24 hours/day, seven days/week in any location approved by the pro-gambling Idaho Racing Commission. As illustrated by the “historic horse racing” that occurs in other states, the sort of gambling that will be allowed by Initiative 1 is merely slot machine gambling with a small picture of a horse race at the top of the machine. As a former Commission director confessed “[historic horse racing machines] look like slot machines because they are supposed to look like slot machines.”

The legislature banned rapid-bet slot machine action of horse racing in 2015 as a violation of Idaho’s constitution. The constitution allows some betting on horse racing but specifically prohibits any gambling that imitates or simulates slot machines, as the proposed horse slots clearly do. Proponents claim the machines allow betting on past horse races, but in reality, gamblers just hit a button as fast as every five seconds and watch reels spin.

When you hear the words Horse Racing, most people think of an actual race that spectators watch and place bets on. This sort of betting is currently legal in Idaho, it is just no longer popular. However, this is not the sort of “horse racing” that is allowed by this new initiative. In the Attorney General’s analysis of this initiative, he expressed some serious doubts about whether this initiative was constitutional and indicated that it is likely to lead to a lawsuit if passed.

Family Policy Alliance of Idaho® has long opposed gambling, and particularly highly-addictive rapid-bet slot machines because of the destruction it can bring to families economically, emotionally, and spiritually. As Christians we are called to be filled with the Spirit, and resist addiction of any kind, especially of highly addictive activities like gambling.

If you would like more information about this initiative, you can look at the information found on the website of our ally, Stop Predatory Gambling. Please, carefully consider the full implications of this initiative and its effect on you and your family.

 

Sincerely,

Brittany Jones, Esq.
Policy Director

Dear Friends,

As I am sure you are aware, our dear friend, Julie Lynde, retired from Family Policy Alliance of Idaho® in April. Since then we have been prayerfully seeking a qualified, servant leader to be the Executive Director for our ministry in Idaho. Next week we will have an exciting update about this search to share with all of you. Be on the look out for this important announcement next week!

Until then, “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 15: 5-6.

In Christ,

Brittany Jones
Policy Director, Family Policy Alliance of Idaho

What if a woman knew she could reverse a chemical abortion, save the life of her child, and spare herself a life of regret?

This could become a reality in Idaho.

Sponsored by Senator Lori Den Hartog, S1243, the “Abortion Pill Reversal Informed Consent” bill, informs women seeking chemical abortions that abortion reversal may be possible, should they change her mind.

Family Policy Alliance of Idaho is working with Right to Life of Idaho on this legislation.  Together, our pro-life organizations will advocate giving mothers life-saving information as they contemplate their choice.  Abortion pill reversal information empowers women with facts on a time-sensitive protocol that can save a life.

Baby Gabriel’s mom found herself in a crisis pregnancy and was pressured to abort him.   Watch a short video of her story, “Saving Baby Gabriel” below.

The story of baby Gabriel shows the kind of pressure endured by many women in crisis pregnancies.  Notice that when Gabriel’s teen mom told the abortionist that she did not want to take the RU-486, he reminded her of the circumstances in which she found herself and coerced her to go through with the abortion.

Can you imagine making a deadly mistake, needing with all your heart to correct it, and being told that the death you are trying to avoid is inescapable?  With an RU-486 abortion, all may not be lost.

What is RU-486?

RU-486” refers to two drugs: mifeprex, taken at the abortion clinic, and a second drug called misoprostol which is typically taken 2-3 days later at home. The first drug starves the baby and stops a beating heart. The second drug causes uterine contractions and the pregnant mother delivers a tiny, lifeless baby.

The logic behind abortion reversal is straightforward. Instead of taking the second pill, the pregnant woman is given large dosages of “progesterone in order to counteract the first pill.”  This protocol is a ray of hope.  As Dr. George Delgado, one of the pioneers of this technique, has said, “by using progesterone, they hope to “out-compete [mifepristone] at the receptor.”

Numerous studies have found strong links between abortion and psychological trauma.  Imagine how much more intense that trauma, that desire to escape, if the mother is denied information that explains how she can choose to change her mind and save her baby.

S1243 is life-saving and life-giving.

You would think that people who are “pro-choice” would support giving women information, so they have the freedom to choose to change their mind.  On the contrary, you can be sure that abortion advocates will show up in force to oppose S1243.

Over 45% of Idaho abortions in 2016 were chemical.  Do you suppose that of those 581 abortions, there quite possibly were numerous women who stared at those pills and saw a life of regret in their future?

Information on reversing the abortion pill, like that found in S1243, may have saved those moms and their babies.

With this legislation, we can take a step forward in Loving Them Both.

In the next week, I will be sending you information about how you can help make S1243 a reality.

Will you purpose to let your voice be heard?

We must never stop speaking for those who can’t speak for themselves.

Sincerely,

Julie Lynde
Policy Director

Dear Friend,

Last Saturday, the annual Boise March for Life, sponsored by Right to Life of Idaho, took place, as it has for decades. Each year the March is a little different but the heartbeat is loud and strong to protect vulnerable preborn children and their mothers. Love stays alive!

Because the media largely ignored the March, you probably did not hear much about it – that is OK – we don’t march for them – we don’t march for ourselves. We march for babies who will never celebrate a birthday. We march for mothers who will be permanently damaged at the hands of the corporate abortion profiteers who see them as a commodity.

We march for the day when there will no longer be a need to march. Just imagine! A country where preborn children will no longer be in danger of the violence of abortion. Imagine that day when all preborn children will be respected and valued! Imagine!

Planned Parenthood is doing all it can to make sure that day never arrives. As the reality of surgical abortion becomes more well known, they are shifting to non-surgical, chemical abortions. It is essentially abortion by pill (RU-486) and it is far more cost effective and efficient for Planned Parenthood because it does not require much of them.

In Idaho, chemical abortions accounted for over 45% of all abortions in 2016.

Chemical abortion such as RU-486 is not contraception. The abortion pill is given to mothers at 5-7 weeks into their pregnancy. It is a 2-pill protocol to kill a baby whose heart has already begun to beat. The first pill effectively starves the baby to death and the 2nd pill, taken 2 days later, induces contractions and delivery of the deceased child. Often, the mother is alone while her baby dies and the resulting impact on her can be extreme.

This year, Right to Life is introducing a bill called “Abortion Pill Reversal Informed Consent”. The Bill would require abortionists to provide pregnant women critical information about stopping or reversing the effects of RU-486. Family Policy Alliance of Idaho is working with our allies in the pro-life community to get this life saving legislation enacted to help Idaho mothers in a crisis pregnancy to save the life of their baby.

At the Boise March, a sweet young mom, Rebekah Buell told the story of her own crisis pregnancy at 19. She found herself at Planned Parenthood where she took the first of the 2 pills. After she got home, she regretted her decision, but the clinic told her it was too late. Devastated, she kept researching and learned about a protocol that COULD save her baby. Her adorable little boy is now 4 ½ years old!

There are other women like Rebekah who have regretted starting RU-486, but without the knowledge that their baby could have been saved, live the rest of their lives in extreme guilt, mourning their child who died. How many of those 45% (581 women) in Idaho felt like Rebekah, but thought they had no choice?

This pro-life legislation will spare babies and their moms. It will give pregnant mothers the dignity of getting ALL the information about their “choice”. The abortion lobby will do all they can to stop us. But we don’t have to let that happen. With your help and your voice, they will know that we don’t just march.

The tide is turning, but we have more work and more praying to do!

What can we do? We can make our voice be heard!

One day, we may be able to celebrate that there is no more need to march for life. What a celebration that will be!!

Sincerely,

Julie Lynde
Policy Director

Dear Friends,

Last week I asked, “What Will Idaho Look Like in 2018”?  Together, you and I, have a voice in that!

Family Policy Alliance of Idaho is committed to being your eyes, hands, and feet at the Capitol.

The 2018 Legislative Session began on Monday of this week with talk of taxes, health care, education funding, prisons, literacy, etc. We all know that policy that addresses life, privacy, and parental rights is rarely mentioned in State of the State speeches.  Issues like these are not included as lines on a ledger either. They do not have to be because you and I know just how important these issues are and how worthy they are of our energy and resources.

For decades we have been working on multiple issues impacting family, life, faith, and freedom.

Here are some of the issues for which we will be advocating in 2018:

As in years past, we will also stand in the way of policy that is bad for family, life, and faith, and freedom:

Family Policy Alliance of Idaho is part of a great coalition of pro-life organizations in Idaho who have worked together to protect pre-born children.  2018 will be no exception!  We also have a tremendous coalition of national allies with which we will also work in 2018.

We are excited to be a part of God’s plan for Idaho along with you.

Together, we will be able to contend with the Goliath that is Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and their allies.

Sincerely,

Julie Lynde
Policy Director

What Will Idaho Look Like In 2018?

The new year is here, and Family Policy Alliance of Idaho is hitting the ground running! The 2018 session of the Idaho Legislature convenes in mere days. Religious liberty, parental rights, and life remain under constant attack by groups like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood who are fully committed to eradicating religious freedom. They bring dozens upon dozens of people to the Statehouse to speak out against life, biblical values, and freedom.

Good policy only happens when good people make their voices heard. Family Policy Alliance of Idaho will continue to protect, promote, and defend religious liberty, family, and life. We will be your eyes, ears, hands, and feet at the Idaho Legislature.

You can count on us to alert you throughout, and at times, ask you to make your voice heard. Legislators need to know what you think and that you will hold them accountable for their vote.

What will 2018 bring to Idaho?  It is up to God’s people!

While promoting good legislation, we must also stand firmly in the path of bad policy.

Each year, the battle for family, faith, and freedom intensifies. The contemporary politically correct orthodoxy has become more belligerent and more inclined to punish anyone who stands in their way. Anti-religion groups continue to bully and coerce faith-based business owners, educators, and others who choose to honor God in their work.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. A wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs. We are likely to see pitched battles in courts and Congress, state legislatures and town halls. But the most important fight is for the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans.”

He is right. And, if the trend to eradicate Christian influence strengthens, our ability to live out our faith and impact our culture will be greatly diminished. We must maintain the God-given freedom to impact Idaho for Jesus.

What can you do?

What will 2018 bring to Idaho? That depends largely on us…the Church.

Happy New Year,

Julie Lynde
Policy Director

Christmas songs and hymns hold so much truth!  So much hope!

“Long lay the world, in sin and error pining till He appeared, and the soul felt its worth. The thrill of hope.  The weary world rejoices!”

God’s Gift to us is our much-needed Savior!

Born is our Lord and Savior

 Merry, Merry Christmas!

Julie Lynde
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho
Family Policy Foundation of Idaho

Dear Friend,

There are a few encouraging developments in the battle to protect preborn children from the violence of abortion!

Thanks to the brave work of David Daleiden and The Center for Medical Progress (CMP), Americans can no longer deny the depth of evil within the abortion industry.

Two developments demonstrate that the true depravity of Planned Parenthood and its corporate partners captured in the CMP videos can no longer be ignored.

First:

The U.S. Justice Department and FBI announced a formal investigation into Planned Parenthood! As Alexandra Desanctis says in National Review, “This is not a hyper-partisan inquisition manufactured by anti-abortion extremists. It is a completely justified investigation of a group that portrays itself as a trustworthy women’s health organization and accepts half a billion dollars in government money each year — all while accepting illegal payment for the organs of unborn children.”

Second:

The Orange County, CA District Attorney’s Office has reached a $7.8 million settlement against 2 sister companies for their role in the unlawful sale of fetal tissue and stem cells for profit. DaVinci Bio one of Planned Parenthood’s leading brokers of preborn baby body parts admitted guilt for selling aborted baby parts.

As the largest abortion provider with its layers of cultural, financial, and political protection; Planned Parenthood has been able to avoid deep scrutiny. These developments represent a first in the battle to save preborn children.

For decades we have fought alongside other pro-life leaders in Idaho to push back against the horrors of abortion. The CMP video series added irrefutable evidence of that which we have been testifying about for so long. Our work drafting and passing legislation to protect babies and their moms from the brutality of abortion and commodification has been fortified by the CMP video evidence.

We will continue in 2018 with our pro-life policy efforts in Idaho. We have been a voice for the preborn because of prayers and support of pro-life Idahoans like you.

Your gift today will help us to continue to stand for life and help Idaho become a state where life is TRULY cherished. You can join the battle with your donation today.

Positive developments like these remind us that we must NEVER give up and NEVER surrender in our fight to protect life, religious freedom, and family.

Merry Christmas,

Julie Lynde
Policy Director