Friends,

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,Blaine Conzatti
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Blaine Conzatti
Executive Director

 

 


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2021

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Friends,

I’m excited to tell you that the Idaho State Legislature has passed the Heartbeat Bill (H366)!

I wanted to share with you the press release we just sent out. Now we will wait for Gov. Brad Little’s signature in the coming days.

If the governor signs the Heartbeat Bill into law, Idaho will be the thirteenth state to protect human life from the time a preborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable. This will be a huge step toward protecting all preborn life in our state!

We will keep you updated. This couldn’t have happened without your prayers, financial support, and the action you took to help build support for this bill!

Standing for life,

Blaine Conzatti
Executive Director

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.

Friends,

Idaho is one step closer to legally protecting preborn babies with beating hearts! The Heartbeat Bill (H366), sponsored by Senator Patti Anne Lodge (R-Caldwell) and Representative Steven Harris (R-Meridian), passed the Idaho State House of Representatives last Friday with a veto-proof supermajority vote (53 for, 16 against, and 1 absent).

The floor debate lasted over one hour. Many pro-life legislators debated in favor of the bill. Below is a sampling of their comments:

REP. STEVEN HARRIS (R-Meridian): “We want to save baby lives. A preborn baby with a heartbeat has a 95% chance of reaching full-term. That sounds like viability… Let’s tell Idahoans that abortion stops a beating heart, something you can see and hear for yourself.”

REP. BRENT CRANE (R-Nampa): “You’re dead when you no longer have a heartbeat, so the inverse logic could apply that you are alive when a heartbeat [can be detected].”

REP. TAMMY NICHOLS (R-Nampa): “I hope that in the future, we can bring forth even stronger legislation and try to save all babies, because I think all lives do matter. Although sometimes it is a sacrifice to bring them into this world, I can never say that I’ve met anyone who has regretted that choice. And so I’ll be supporting this piece of legislation.”

REP. JULIANNE YOUNG (R-Blackfoot): “We protect freedom when we protect the conditions that allow freedom to exist, and life is one of those conditions. I’m a mother. I have ten children. I know a little bit about what it is like to have a baby. I’ve felt [preborn] babies respond to light, to music, to touch, to my voice. There’s no doubt in my mind that they are individuals and intelligent. You can’t protect freedom without protecting life.”

REP. JULIE YAMAMOTO (R-Nampa): “When a mother and a father have the opportunity to actually hear the heartbeat of that child in the womb, the chances of them making a decision to let that pregnancy go to term are just better.”

REP. KAREY HANKS (R-St. Anthony): “We believe that life starts at conception. If this is a way we can save some of these beautiful little children, I’m all for that. This became more real for me when I read a story about a woman who had been a director at [Planned Parenthood]. She said that a lot of these young women feel very desperate and don’t know what to do. It’s so great that now we have places like Stanton Healthcare [and other pregnancy resources centers].”

REP. RON NATE (R-Rexburg): “[I support this bill] because we do need to protect all innocent human life… We have the responsibility to protect our little ones.”

Did your state representative vote in favor of the Heartbeat Bill last Friday? Find out here. Then send them a message or give them a phone call to say “thank you!”

It has taken a long time to get to this point. Family Policy Alliance of Idaho will continue championing this bill in the Idaho State Senate and to the governor’s desk. Your action, prayers, and financial support have been indispensable—so thank you!

Standing for life,

Blaine Conzatti
Executive Director

Friends,

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!

Blessings,

Blaine Conzatti
Executive Director

Friends,

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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,

Blaine Conzatti
Executive Director

 

Friends,

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!

Blaine Conzatti
Executive Director

 

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!

Our bill to ‘defund’ abortion providers is making its way through the Idaho Senate. Please sign our petition now to voice your support!

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!

Sign our petition right now to tell your state lawmakers that abortion providers should never receive taxpayer dollars!

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,

Blaine Conzatti
Executive Directyor

Friends,

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.


Blaine Conzatti
Executive Director

 

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!


Blaine Conzatti
Executive Director

The Idaho Heartbeat Bill has been reintroduced in the Idaho Legislature.

Will you contact your state senators and representatives right now and ask them to support this important protection for preborn babies with beating hearts?

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Somewhere between 95 and 98 percent of preborn children with a heartbeat detected early in the pregnancy will survive to term.
  3. 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.”
  4. 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,

Blaine Conzatti
Executive Director