Here’s a quick update on where we are at this point in legislative session:
1. The Heartbeat Bill (H366) is making its way through the state legislature. This legislation would protect a preborn child with a detectable heartbeat from abortion violence. It is sponsored by Rep. Steven Harris (R-Meridian) and Sen. Patti Anne Lodge (R-Caldwell).
2. The No Public Funds For Abortion Act (H220) would cut off taxpayer dollars to abortion providers and ban public schools, colleges, and universities from promoting or referring students for abortion services. The bill overwhelmingly passed the State House of Representatives and is waiting for a vote in the State Senate. It is sponsored by Rep. Bruce Skaug (R-Nampa) and Sen. Christy Zito (R-Hammett).
3. House Joint Resolution 4 (HJR4) is a proposed constitutional amendment that would raise the threshold that must be met before controlled substances like marijuana could be legalized in Idaho. It is sponsored by Rep. Gayann DeMordaunt (R-Meridian) and Sen. C. Scott Grow (R-Meridian). Family Policy Alliance of Idaho sent a letter to state legislators encouraging their support (you can read it here).
We will keep you updated as these bills move through the legislative process. Please be praying that the legislature passes, and that the governor signs, these pieces of legislation. We expect session to continue for at least one more week.
Heartbeat Bill Prayer Rally
Around 150 people joined Family Policy Alliance of Idaho on the Idaho State Capitol steps last week to offer praise and worship to our Lord and pray for the passage of the Idaho Heartbeat Bill.
The battle to end abortion in our state is a spiritual battle. For this reason it was a blessing to gather with other believers as we waged spiritual warfare with prayer and worship!
Speakers included Blaine Conzatti (Family Policy Alliance), Christian Welp (Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise), Tammy Payne and Jason Herring (Right to Life of Idaho), Linda Thomas (Stanton Healthcare), Heather Lawless (Reliance Ministries), Monte Sears (Christian Faith Center), Alan Burrow (The King’s Congregation), and Josh Bales (The Well Church). Rep. Brent Crane (R-Nampa) and Senators Patti Anne Lodge (R-Caldwell), Christy Zito (R-Hammett), and Regina Bayer (R-Meridian) also joined us.
Thanks for your financial support. Together we will keep working for an Idaho where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished!
The Idaho State Legislature returns today after recessing for two weeks because of COVID-19 spread at the State Capitol.
This is the home stretch of the legislative session—and time is running out on important pro-life bills. Here are three actions that you can take to make your voice heard:
- Send a message right now to your state legislators asking them to support the Heartbeat Bill (S1183). We need your help in flooding legislative inboxes with emails supporting this important protection for preborn life. Since the legislature has been out for two weeks, we’d recommend resending your legislators the message, even if you’ve sent it before.
- Sign our petition asking state legislators to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. The petition will be presented to legislators tomorrow when our No Public Funds For Abortion Act is given a hearing in Senate committee.
- Attend the Heartbeat Bill Prayer Rally on this Thursday, April 8th. We will sing praises to our Lord as we pray for greater protections for the preborn in our state. This event will take place at 5:30pm MT on the State Capitol steps. More details here: https://fb.me/e/PH2AvWyh.
Thanks for your prayers and financial support as we finish the race strong! With your help, Family Policy Alliance of Idaho will keep working for an Idaho where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.
Standing with you,
We only have a few weeks left of legislative session. That means the team at Family Policy Alliance of Idaho will be using every minute available to us to shepherd our Heartbeat Bill (S1183) across the finish line.
Will you join us for the Heartbeat Bill Prayer Rally next week as we come before the Lord to worship and seek him?
WHEN: Thursday, April 8th at 5:30pm MT
WHERE: Idaho State Capitol Steps (700 West Jefferson St, Boise, ID 83702)
WHAT: We will praise and worship our Lord as we take a public stand for greater legal protections for preborn children!
EVENT PAGE: https://fb.me/e/PH2AvWyh
The Heartbeat Bill would save almost all babies from abortion if it were enacted into law and made effective. Let’s make sure we all get involved to protect these precious lives.
We look forward to seeing you at the Heartbeat Bill Prayer Rally!
P.S. Please send an email to your state legislators right now asking for them to support the Heartbeat Bill. Since the legislature has been out for two weeks, we’d recommend resending your legislators the message, even if you’ve sent it before.
It only takes a minute of your time when you use our Action Center. Your emails will help push the Heartbeat Bill across the finish line. Thanks!
The “No Public Funds For Abortion Act” (HB 220), which is sponsored by Sen. Christy Zito (R-Hammett) and Reps. Bruce Skaug (R-Nampa) and Brent Crane (R-Nampa), would achieve four things:
1. Prevents state and local money from being used to promote or provide abortions. A transition report issued under the auspices of Mayor Lauren McClean (D-Boise) broadcasted the City of Boise’s intention to offer free abortions to city residents, something that would not be allowed if HB 220 becomes law. Abortion should never be subsidized with our tax dollars.
2. Ends the current practice of public colleges and universities dispensing abortifacients and referring students to abortion providers. Every public university in Idaho – including Boise State University and the University of Idaho – currently offers abortifacients that can end a pregnancy after conception. Our public institutions of higher learning should not be promoting abortion and abortifacients to students with our tax dollars.
3. Keeps Planned Parenthood out of public schools. Planned Parenthood is one of the largest providers of radical ‘comprehensive sexual education’ instruction in public schools nationwide. This bill would make sure Idaho public school students don’t learn about sexuality from the abortion industry.
4. Prohibits abortion providers from receiving grants through the Title X Family Planning program and other non-Medicaid federal programs. Although the Trump Administration excluded abortion providers from the federal family planning program, the Biden Administration has started the process to allow abortion providers to reenter the program. Furthermore, President Biden recently signed a $1.9 trillion stimulus package which includes more than $450 billion that can be used to pay for abortion and support abortion providers. We want to make sure abortion providers in Idaho can’t access that money!
We don’t want our state or local government sending our hard-earned money to abortion providers—and we certainly don’t want abortionists providing services in our public schools and universities. Please sign our petition today to make your voice heard!
Standing with you,
Our new Heartbeat Bill (S1183) just passed the Senate Committee—and we need your help to get it through the Senate and the House! Contact your state senator and representatives right now.
Here are three things you can do to support the Heartbeat Bill:
1. Join us at the Heartbeat Bill Prayer Rally. We will sing praises to our Lord as we pray for greater protections for the preborn in our state. This event will take place on Monday, March 22nd at 5pm MT on the State Capitol steps. More details here: https://fb.me/e/QlmnhDWu.
2. Please contact your state legislators right now to voice your support for the Heartbeat Bill. Click here to use our Action Center to automatically send your message to your legislators. It only takes a minute and makes a big difference!
3. Please pray! Heavenly Father, we ask that you will give our state lawmakers will understand their responsibility to protect preborn human life. Give us the strength to keep laboring until abortion is abolished in Idaho and all babies receive the equal protection of the law. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, we pray. Amen.
P.S. Nearly seven out of ten Americans support Heartbeat Bills that protect preborn life after a heartbeat is detectable. This includes a majority of the members of both political parties (86% of Republicans, 61% of independents, and 55% of Democrats)—a pretty remarkable statistic considering that it’s nothing short of a miracle to get both sides of the political aisle to agree on much of anything these days. Contact your state legislators now to ask for their support!
Today is Idaho State Heartbeat Day! Please join us on the State Capitol steps this evening at 5:30 pm MT for the Heartbeat Bill Prayer Rally. We will sing songs of praise and come together in prayer for the passage of the Heartbeat Bill and greater legal protections for the preborn in Idaho. Don’t miss it! More details available here: https://fb.me/e/PH2AvWyh
To celebrate Idaho State Heartbeat Day and build support for the Heartbeat Bill (S1183), Family Policy Alliance of Idaho partnered with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise to arrange a visit to the office of every legislator this morning to highlight the Heartbeat Bill. It’s happening right now, even as you read this email!
Suffice it to say that this place is buzzing with talk about saving babies!
Let’s make Idaho the fourteenth state in the country to protect preborn babies from the moment their beating hearts can be detected. Make sure to join us this evening at the Idaho State Capitol in Boise for praise, worship, and prayer as we trust the Lord for the outcome of this important pro-life legislation!
The Idaho Heartbeat Bill has been reintroduced in the Idaho Legislature.
Here are four reasons why your state senator should support the Heartbeat Bill, which bans abortions after a preborn baby’s heartbeat can be found:
- Doctors can detect the heartbeat of a preborn child as early as six weeks of gestational age with commonly available and routinely used ultrasound technology.
- Somewhere between 95 and 98 percent of preborn children with a heartbeat detected early in the pregnancy will survive to term.
- This legislation affirms that “the life of each human being begins at fertilization, and preborn children have interests in life, health, and well-being that should be protected.”
- Medical and legal professionals alike acknowledge that a heartbeat is a universally accepted indicator that life exists and should be protected.
Please tell your state lawmakers that you support the Idaho Heartbeat Bill. It takes less than a minute if you use our Action Center to send your message now. And don’t forget to send this alert to your friends—we need Idahoans flooding their senators with messages supporting this pro-life legislation!
Standing with you for the sanctity of life,
I have a testimony to share with you.
Earlier this month, our Heartbeat Bill was pulled from consideration in the Idaho State Senate. The series of events that played out were upsetting for many reasons—but most importantly, I was especially devastated for the thousands of preborn children who could have been protected had the bill passed and gone into effect.
Imagine my surprise when I got a call earlier this week that the Heartbeat Bill would be reintroduced. The bill sponsors, Sen. Patti Anne Lodge (R-Caldwell) and Rep. Steven Harris (R-Meridian), have proven their pro-life bona fides through their ceaseless advocacy for this legislation.
Through all of this, I learned an important lesson. Everything we do at the Capitol is in the hands of our Lord. And it is all in His timing—not mine.
This morning I presented the new – and stronger – version of our Heartbeat Bill to the Senate State Affairs Committee. The committee decided to “print” the bill. This means the Heartbeat Bill is back before the legislature once again for consideration! It will receive a full committee hearing soon.
God is good. And we are trusting Him for the outcome, knowing that He is the one fighting the battle!
Please be in prayer as we shepherd the Heartbeat Bill through the legislative process. Consider a gift to Family Policy Alliance of Idaho to enable us to keep advocating for the sanctity of life. And be on the lookout for exciting announcements explaining ways you can get involved.
I will keep you updated. And may we keep trusting in Divine Providence!
Standing for life,
It is the eighth week of legislative session, and things are really beginning to heat up. The legislature may stay late this year, possibly until mid-April even later (legislative session is usually adjourned the last week of March).
Here are a couple updates:
- The “No Public Funds For Abortion Act” cleared the State House of Representatives today.
This legislation (HB 220) would prevent abortion providers from accessing state and local money. It would also make sure abortion is not promoted in our public schools, colleges, and universities.The bill is sponsored by Rep. Bruce Skaug (R-Nampa), Rep. Brent Crane (R-Nampa), and Sen. Christy Zito (R-Hammett). It passed the House this morning and is now on its way to the Senate.Do you want to help get this bill across the finish line? Please sign our petition right now to ask state lawmakers to protect our hard-earned tax dollars from organizations that provide or promote abortion!
- The “Abortifacient and Contraceptive Mandate” was killed in the State Senate yesterday.
This Planned Parenthood-supported legislation (SB 1089) was defeated on the Senate floor yesterday. It would have required insurance companies cover twelve-month prescriptions of contraception, and was sponsored by Sen. Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise).A more radical version of the bill, which would have mandated coverage of abortifacients, was pulled earlier in the session after hundreds of you answered our “Action Alert” and contacted key senators. Abortifacients are drugs that can end a pregnancy after fertilization.Even with the removal of abortifacient mandate from the bill, Family Policy Alliance of Idaho remained opposed to the legislation, voicing concerns about religious freedom and unnecessary regulation of private insurance companies. We are thankful that you exercised biblical citizenship, which proved instrumental in stopping this flawed legislation!
We will keep you updated as the legislative session keeps progressing!
Standing for you and your family,
The “No Public Funds For Abortion Act” (HB220) was introduced in the Idaho House of Representatives last week. Rep. Bruce Skaug (R-Nampa), Rep. Brent Crane (R-Nampa), and Sen. Christy Zito (R-Hammett) are all bill sponsors.
The “No Public Funds For Abortion Act” would ‘defund’ abortion providers by cutting off their ability to receive taxpayer money. It would also:
- Prevent state and local money from being used to promote or provide abortions
- Keep Planned Parenthood sex education curriculum and student programs out of public schools
- Forbid public schools from promoting abortion or referring girls for abortion procedures
- End the distribution of abortifacients (like “Plan B” and “Ella”) at public college and university health centers
It is easy to make your voice heard and support this pro-life legislation. Make sure you sign the petition to state lawmakers today!
Standing for life,