“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made… for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2, NKJV)
The first responsibility of government is to promote the common good of society through the proper administration of justice—praising the good while punishing evil deeds (Romans 13:3-4).
The domestic tranquility that flows from good lawmaking provides civil society with the space its members need to “lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1 Tim. 2:2). These societal conditions can materialize only when the laws promulgated are righteous and rooted in eternal truth.
I believe that the good laws passed by the legislature and signed by the governor this year will promote flourishing in civil society. Just consider some of our policy accomplishments this legislative session:
- The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which saves girls’ sports by limiting participation to biological females only
- The Idaho Vital Statistics Act barring individuals from changing the “sex” marker on their birth certificates—making sure law enforcement, criminal justice, and public health officials have reliable and accurate government records to do their jobs well
- Simon’s Law, which protects parental rights in medical decision-making for their sick or disabled children
- The new “Choose Life” specialty license plate that will spread an encouraging pro-life message and provide much-needed financial resources to crisis pregnancy centers offering medical, spiritual, and financial care to women with unexpected pregnancies
- Defeating the Planned Parenthood legislation that would have required insurance coverage for six months of contraception, including abortifacients like “Plan B” and “Ella” that end a pregnancy after conception
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho® was instrumental in the legislative push to achieve these important victories for Gem State families. But this really is a partnership — we rely on your prayers, your engagement, and your financial support to be effective.
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Standing for your family at the Idaho State Capitol,
Director of Advocacy
One of the most important legislative victories we achieved this year is the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.
This first-in-the-nation law limits participation in girls’ high school and college sports to biological girls, making clear that women’s sports are for women only. Ultimately, this law preserves the spirit of Title IX, which guarantees equal athletics opportunities to girls in schools receiving federal funding.
But the ACLU and other far-left advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to overturn the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. If they are successful, they will undermine important protections this law provides for women’s sports – protections supported by nearly all Idahoans and passed by a veto-proof supermajority in both chambers of the legislature.
Many of you have asked questions about this groundbreaking legislation that will save girls’ sports. Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions Family Policy Alliance of Idaho has received:
Q: Is the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act unconstitutional? Does it amount to discrimination?
This law isn’t discriminatory. Because it is a scientific fact that biological sex is immutable and there are measurable differences between male and female, it is sometimes appropriate for governments to implement policies that recognize these differences. Consider, for example, sex-segregated bathrooms, sex-specific public health guidelines, and single-sex athletic teams.
Ask any student athlete, high school coach, or parent—allowing biological men to perform in girls’ sports unfairly puts girls at a competitive disadvantage. The size, strength, bone structure, lung volume, and heart supply of the average male far outpaces many elite female athletes, even after the biological male undergoes hormone therapy.
Q: Is the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act exclusionary?
A: Absolutely not. The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act simply clarifies that girls’ sports are for girls, and boys’ sports are for boys. Biological boys can still play in boys’ high school and college sports.
If biological boys are allowed to compete in girls’ sports, then girls will eventually be excluded from sports designed for their benefit and flourishing. This is already happening in many states, including Connecticut, Texas, and Alaska, where biological males keep winning championships, breaking records, and taking opportunities from hardworking girls.
Q: Are the methods outlined in the law for determining sex “invasive” or “intrusive?”
A: No. Students already needed to receive a physical exam before starting practices for school sports, dance, or cheerleading. Doctors performing the physical exam will now simply take note of the biological sex of the student and mark it in the paperwork submitted to the school. If an athlete’s biological sex is disputed, the school athletic director can consult the student’s medical paperwork the school was already required to keep on file.
Q: What was the policy that existed before Fairness in Women’s Sports Act became law?
A: The Idaho High School Activities Association has allowed biological males to play in girls’ high school sports after one year of receiving hormone therapy (usually testosterone suppression therapy). The same was true for Idaho colleges and universities.
We will keep you updated. Thanks for your support and prayers!
Standing with you,
Director of Advocacy
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.
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,
Director of Advocacy
Governor Little’s announcement last night of the first confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) case in Ada County has made members of the legislature pretty jittery. They understandably want to finish up legislative business and get back home as soon as possible—possibly as soon as Tuesday or Wednesday.
Unfortunately, three important pro-family bills are in the final stage of the legislative process, awaiting a vote in the Senate after having passed the House with overwhelming support:
- H578 (Simon’s Law): Prevents doctors from withdrawing a child’s life-sustaining treatment or putting secret “do not resuscitate” orders in a child’s file without parental notification
- H500 (Fairness in Women’s Sports Act): Protects girls’ sports by requiring that children play in the sports of their biological sex
- H509 (Vital Statistics Act): Defends the sanctity of state vital records by prohibiting changes to birth certificate information, including biological sex, place and time of birth, and length and weight of baby
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO: Send a message to Senate leadership, asking them to hold a vote on these three bills before they adjourn for the year. It only takes a minute of your time when you use our Action Center—but your messages could have a big impact on whether these bills come up for a vote on the Senate floor this year.
Standing with you,
Director of Advocacy
P.S. President Trump has declared Sunday, March 15th, a National Day of Prayer amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. “We are a country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these,” the president said yesterday.
Will you join with us in praying for providential protection of our families, our neighbors, our state, and our nation?
I have good news for you: Simon’s Law (now House Bill 578) was passed by the Idaho House of Representatives last week with a 63 to 5 vote. But we need your help to get Simon’s Law passed in the Senate. Act now!
Idaho law currently allows doctors to withdraw life-sustaining treatment, including nutrition and hydration, from a minor child without notifying or obtaining consent from parents.
Simon’s Law would close this loophole, ensuring that parents’ rights are protected during these critical times. No parent should have to worry that decisions about their child’s healthcare could be taken out of their hands.
Through working on this legislation, I have gotten to know Sandi Enzminger of Eagle, Idaho. She has showed up to every committee hearing, bringing her delightful family in tow. Her youngest daughter, Tabitha Grace, is always the star of the show—and for good reason.
Little Tabitha was born October 28, 2018. Shortly thereafter, her parents received a postnatal Trisomy 18 diagnosis.
They were stunned to hear the doctor explain that Tabitha, despite being stable, wouldn’t live a month. The potential benefits of the heart surgery she needed weren’t worth the risks, the doctor said. Adam and Sandi were told to take Tabitha home on comfort care and allow the disability and its associated health difficulties take their course.
Thankfully, Adam and Sandi fought for their daughter. They were able to take her to a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, for heart surgery she couldn’t live without. Now Tabitha is a healthy and developing sixteen-month-old.
Here is what Sandi says about the importance of Simon’s Law to her family:
“Shortly after Tabitha was born, we were informed that she likely had Trisomy 18. We understood then that her disabilities would be so severe that it was advisable to ‘let her die’ of ‘natural’ causes. Then, when we pursued heart repair surgery, we were told it was futile and would have little to no effect on the length or quality of her life.
“Today, her heart and lungs are functioning normally without assistance. Her hearing is enhanced by hearing aids, and she has the energy to progress in developmental milestones.
“Although this journey has not been easy, time with Tabitha has been worth it. We strongly support Simon’s Law because we felt coerced into making life-ending decisions. We believe that it is only a matter of time before medical discrimination leads to secret ‘DNRs’ for minor children here in Idaho.”
When I asked Sandi why she fought so hard for her daughter, Sandi responded, “We value life, and we trusted God to be bigger than any diagnosis.” Needless to say, it has been a blessing to have Sandi, Tabitha, and their family join us for committee hearings in support of Simon’s Law.
Parents should hold the ultimate medical decision-making authority for their children. Before a doctor begins withdrawing life-sustaining treatment, parent should be notified and given the opportunity to transfer their child to another medical provider, just like Sandi Enzminger was able to do for Tabitha.
Act now to ask your state senator to support Simon’s Law. We need your help to get this important legislation passed. Use our Action Center to send your senator a message—it only takes a few seconds, and you can make a big impact!
Standing for life and parental rights,
Director of Advocacy
The Fairness in Women’s Sports legislation has passed the House—but we need your help to get it through the Senate and to the desk of the governor for his signature.
This legislation, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Ehardt (R-Idaho Falls) and Sen. Mary Souza (R-Coeur d’Alene), would end the Idaho policy allowing biological boys to play in girls’ sports after receiving cross-sex hormones for one year.
The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act recognizes the common-sense truth that boys should not play on girls’ teams. Our girls should not be deprived of athletic opportunities, victories, and scholarships because they were forced to compete against men.
Ask any student athlete, high school coach, or parent—allowing biological men to perform in girls’ sports unfairly puts biological girls at a competitive disadvantage. The size, strength, bone structure, lung volume, and heart supply of the average male far outpaces even the most elite female athletes, even after the biological male undergoes hormone therapy.
This legislation doesn’t exclude anyone from sports. Instead, it simply requires that boys compete with boys and girls compete with girls—and that’s something we all should agree on.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO: Use our Action Center to send an email to your senator and the governor. Ask them to support this important legislation protecting girls’ sports. It only takes thirty seconds of your time, but you can make a difference by acting now!
Standing with you and our daughters,
Director of Advocacy
Blessings from the State Capitol in Boise, Idaho! We are now eight weeks into the 2020 legislative session, and Family Policy Alliance of Idaho® is working hard to promote public policies that make Idaho a place where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.
Three quick updates:
- “Choose Life” Specialty License Plate (Senate Bill 1249): I am happy to share with you that SB1249 has passed both legislative chambers and is on its way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. This legislation creates a new “Choose Life” specialty license plate that will provide much-needed funds to pregnancy resource centers that offer compassionate care and support to women facing unexpected pregnancies. The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Regina Bayer (R-Meridian) and Rep. Brent Crane (R-Nampa).
- Six-Month Contraceptive Mandate (Senate Bill 1275): Another victory this legislative session is the defeat of SB1275, which would have required that insurance companies cover a six-month supply of contraception. Yet the drugs listed as “contraceptives” by the bill included abortifacients like “Plan B” and “Ella”—drugs that end a pregnancy after conception by preventing a fertilized egg from implanting and receiving the nutrition it needs to survive. This legislation, which was sponsored by Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb (D-Boise) and supported by Planned Parenthood, was killed in the Senate with a 13-20 vote.
- Genital Mutilation (House Bill 465): HB 465 would have prohibited providing children struggling with gender dysphoria with experimental drugs and irreversible sex reassignment surgeries causing infertility and sterility. Sadly, this legislation has died in House committee. It was sponsored by Rep. Christy Zito (R-Hammett).
Legislation to follow:
- Fairness in Women’s Sports Act (House Bill 500): This legislation, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Ehardt (R-Idaho Falls) would protect girls’ and women’s sports by requiring the athletes play in sports of their biological sex. It has passed the House of Representatives and is on its way to Senate committee.
- Defund Abortion Providers (House Bill 525): This legislation would ban cities and counties from giving public money (your tax dollars!) to providers of abortion (ahem, Planned Parenthood). It is sponsored by Representatives Bryan Zollinger (R-Idaho Falls) and Christy Zito (R-Hammett) and is currently working its way through the House.
- Vital Records Act (House Bill 509): This legislation would ensure that the quantifiable facts recorded in birth certificates—including sex, place and time of birth, and length and weight—reflect the facts as they existed at time of birth. HB509 passed the House of Representatives on Thursday and will be going to Senate committee. It is sponsored by Rep. Julianne Young (R-Blackfoot) and Senator Steve Vick (R-Dalton Gardens).
Thanks to everyone who has sent messages to their legislators through our Action Center. More action alerts will be sent out as session continues. It is important that your legislators know how you feel—this is biblical citizenship in action!
Standing for you,
Director of Advocacy
Simon Dominic Crosier was born almost ten years ago. Although he lived only a short three months, his story is inspiring lawmakers around the country to pass legislation protecting the rights of parents to make medical decisions for their children—and Idaho may be the next state to pass one of these “Simon’s Laws” named in his honor.
It wasn’t long after Simon’s birth and postnatal Trisomy 18 diagnosis that his parents, Scott and Sheryl Crosier, began noticing that their son wasn’t receiving the same medical care as other children without the chromosomal disorder were getting. Simon had been born with a heart defect (which is common among Trisomy 18 children) and would need constant care from his hospital medical team until he became strong enough to undergo heart surgery.
Like most newborns, Simon loved snuggling into his parents’ chests. He would get especially excited when his older brothers came to visit him in the hospital or when music was played for him.
Yet when the dreaded day came that his oxygen levels began dropping, Scott and Sheryl were surprised the doctors and nurses didn’t do more to save their child. It was only after his death that it became clear the doctors had placed a do not resuscitate order in his file and had been withholding nutrition from him, all without notifying his parents.
After hearing Simon’s story, Rep. John Vander Woude (R-Nampa) introduced House Bill 519, legislation meant to make sure what happened to the Crosier family will never happen to a family in the Gem State.
The Idaho Simon’s Law would protect parental rights during critical times when parents need to be focused on their child—not worrying about whether their child’s healthcare could be taken out of their hands. This would be accomplished through:
- Requiring parental notification before a doctor implements do not resuscitate orders or withholds life-sustaining treatment, nutrition, or hydration;
- Granting parents a 48-hour period to decide whether they want to transfer care for their child to another facility or provider;
- Allowing the family 15 days to make that transfer, during which time the “DNR” order cannot be placed in the child’s file and other treatment cannot be withdrawn.
We believe that children are intimately known and lovingly protected by their parents. It is well-established in Idaho law that parents have the fundamental right to direct the care, upbringing, and education of their children—and Simon’s Law would build on that foundation.
WE NEED YOUR HELP: Use our Action Center to send an email to legislators sitting on the House Health and Welfare Committee, asking them to support Simon’s Law. And please send this email to your friends and family so they can exercise their biblical citizenship, too.
Standing for life,
Director of Advocacy
Remember the James Younger custody battle in Texas late last year? A jury ruled that the seven-year-old boy’s mother could get the boy hormone therapy devised to help him transition into a female. All of this was against the will of the boy’s father, who contended that James was being forced into identifying as a girl by his activist mother.
Thankfully, the judge went against the jury’s ruling and disallowed the treatment. But stories like this motivated Idaho State Rep. Christy Zito (R-Hammett) to introduce House Bill 465, legislation that would protect children struggling with gender dysphoria from irreversible “treatments” intended to facilitate their gender transition.
Rep. Zito’s legislation would forbid mutilation of a child’s genitals for the purpose of “affirming” the child’s incorrect perception of their sex. Such procedures—which cause permanent sterility—include castration, hysterectomies, vaginoplasty, and the removal of the ovaries.
The legislation would also prohibit giving children cross-sex hormones that result in irreversible infertility and prevent normal biological development during puberty. Not incidentally, studies are indicating that these hormone therapies may be associated with serious long-term side effects.
Sex reassignment surgical procedures and hormone therapies cause permanent and irreparable harm to the minds, bodies, and reproductive organs of children. When clinical studies show that up to 94 percent of boys and 88 percent of girls overcome their gender dysphoria and accept their biological sex by the time they reach adulthood, it is essential that medical professionals don’t do harm to these children by making irreversible changes to their reproductive systems.
Furthermore, about two-thirds of gender dysphoric individuals suffer from other mental disorders, especially depression, specific phobia, and adjustment disorder. Many have experienced abuse and turmoil in their personal relationships and circumstances. This explains why children who transition to the other gender don’t experience a lasting increase in mental wellbeing. These kids need psychological and psychiatric help, not surgical removal of healthy body organs and treatments that cause infertility.
Children lack the life-experience and capacity for critical thinking necessary to make life-changing decisions that will cause serious health problems. That’s why society protects minors from getting tattoos, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, and doing drugs. We have a moral obligation to extend those protections to medically unnecessary surgeries and hormone therapies that cause irreversible infertility and sterility.
Use our Action Center to ask the House Judiciary, Rules, and Administration Committee to pass House Bill 465. It only takes a minute. This issue is worth your time! And please send this email to your friends and family so they can exercise their biblical citizenship, too.
Standing for Truth,
Director of Advocacy
P.S. Our friends at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview have produced a helpful video, “Does Sex Reassignment Surgery Make People Happy?” We think it is worth your time. Watch it on YouTube.
This legislative session is really picking up—and Family Policy Alliance of Idaho® is working hard to make sure that the legislation getting passed will honor God, allow religious freedom to flourish, help families to thrive, and ensure life is cherished.
Here are three legislative updates that you should know about:
- “Choose Life” License Plates
We’re excited to tell you that legislation to create “Choose Life” specialty license plates (Senate Bill 1249) has passed the Senate Transportation Committee! Not only would these license plates spread a positive and hopeful message for life throughout the state, but their sale would also provide greatly needed financial resources to pregnancy resource centers as they minister to the health, financial, and spiritual needs of mother and preborn child alike.
Senator Regina Bayer (R-Meridian), the bill sponsor, is thankful for all your help in using our Action Center to ask the committee to pass the bill. Senate Bill 1249 now goes to the Senate for a full vote. We will keep you apprised of the progress of this important legislation as it makes its way through the legislative process.
- Fairness in Sports Act
Our allies at Alliance Defending Freedom have compiled a list reporting dozens of examples of men performing in girls’ and women’s sports events. Frustratingly, the list also includes several instances where the men have taken championship titles and broken records in girls’ and women’s sports events.
These cases illustrate the need for the Fairness in Sports Act. In this age of gender confusion, it is sadly necessary to protect girls’ school sports in Idaho. In the coming weeks we will let you know of ways you can get involved to protect athletic opportunities for our girls.
- Idaho Equal Rights Amendment
Rep. Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise) has introduced the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Much like its federal counterpart, the Idaho ERA would amend the state constitution to do away with important sex distinctions that have been indispensable in protecting women.
If passed, the ERA would require government (meaning your tax dollars!) funding for abortion and overturn restrictions on abortion under the guise of protecting women from reproductive “discrimination.” It would also open sex-segregated restrooms, locker rooms, girls’ sports, and women’s shelters to men.
We don’t expect this effort to go anywhere in Idaho, but a showdown over the ERA is playing out on the federal level. Use our Action Center now to tell your U.S. congresspeople to oppose the ERA. It only takes a moment—and you can make a difference!
Keep an eye on these emails in the coming weeks. We will be sharing exciting news with you about the effort to pass legislation that protects life, parental rights, and family values. And please consider standing with Family Policy Alliance of Idaho through monthly financial support. Your partnership will help us keep advocating our shared values in Idaho!
Director of Advocacy