Next Thursday, May 6th, Governor Kemp will sign a series of bills backed by our organization. We’d love for you to join us at Liberty Plaza at 3:30pm for an exciting celebration of enacting these critical pro-family bills into law.
As the state’s leading pro-life organization, we are thrilled to see the governor HB 128 which contains Gracie’s Law AND Simon’s Law.
Gracie’s Law ensures no one is denied the ability to be put on the organ transplant list based solely on physical or mental disabilities.
Simon’s Law prohibits healthcare providers from placing a DNR on a child without parental consent.
As you may recall, we were the only pro-life group to support Gracie’s Law by Rep. Rick Williams from the very beginning of session. When it stalled in the Senate, we even held a press conference in order to push legislators to give it a hearing in committee. Because of the attention from the press conference, we were given a hearing the next day and it passed out of committee unanimously. We were honored to have Gracie herself, along with her family, in attendance.
On Day 39, we worked with our Senate sponsor – and Governor Floor Leader – Clint Dixon to add in Simon’s Law onto Gracie’s Law. Simon’s Law is a bill we first brought to Senator Chuck Payne in 2018, and he and Rep. Kasey Carpenter have worked with us ever since. After several years of partnering with them to lead this fight, we were blessed to pass this bill jointly with Gracie’s Law and are grateful for Governor Kemp’s leadership in signing this bill on Thursday.
But there’s more…
The Governor will also sign SB 42 which contains “The Dexter Mosley,” previously known as the “Tebow Bill”, which is legislation that we have also been fighting for since 2018.
The Dexter Mosley Act allows homeschoolers to participate in extracurricular activities at their local public school – one of the biggest victories for educational freedom in many years!
While we introduced this bill first 2018, we have primarily partnered with Senator Bruce Thompson since 2019 – working to craft new language and ensure the passage of this critical bill. Representative John Carson and Representative Rick Jasperse were also instrumental in this bill becoming law.
When many had given up on this fight, we refused to back down, and we’re excited to see families take advantage of this new opportunity.
Governor Kemp will also sign SB 47, an expansion of the special needs scholarship, sponsored by Senator Steve Gooch and Representative Will Wade.
A huge amount of credit goes to our fellow school choice organizations at the Capitol, and we were honored to participate in this coalition to lobby for, endorse, and pass this bill that will help so many families.
In addition, Governor Kemp will sign two other bills, SB 246 and HB 606, that we believe are good bills for educational freedom.
Yes, that’s a total of five bills – two we’ve led on, one we’ve endorsed and labored for, and two more that are also good for Georgia. And, one of those two we led on is a 2-for-1 bill that represents the most significant pro-life win since the passage of the Heartbeat Bill!
We’re so grateful to our legislative allies, to Governor Kemp, and to you – for your prayers, support, and action – to make this day possible. We hope you’ll join us!
PS. YES! These bill signings are public – that’s why we’re inviting you. Join us at Liberty Plaza, across from the State Capitol on Capitol Ave, at 3:30 pm. And as always, feel free to reach out with any questions.
As I rode home from the Capitol last night after the Georgia General Assembly adjourned for the year, it was impossible not to think of how far we have come. Two thoughts consistently come to me:
- Our organization has, no doubt, become the preeminent force for our values in Georgia. We’re engaging on more issues, leading and innovating, finding ways to win, and providing a force for good under the Gold Dome, but…
- We still have much work to do to rise to the challenges facing our state.
In many ways, this was a highly productive legislative session. After leading the charge for 4 years, Georgia has finally passed a “Tebow Bill” – named this year “The Dexter Mosely Act” – allowing homeschoolers to participate in extracurricular activities at their local public school. More on this is a later email, but I believe this has a profound effect on educational freedom in Georgia.
Additionally, we led the way for Gracie’s Law – which bans organ transplant discrimination against those with physical and mental disabilities – and Simon’s Law (another four-year fight) – which requires a doctor to get parental consent before placing a DNR on a minor child.
We were proud to advocate for the passage of the Special Needs Scholarship (SB 47), Election Reform (SB 202), increasing the punishment for “revenge porn” (SB 78), supporting several bills aimed at ending human trafficking and protecting children from predators, and more – all of these great bills likely to become law this year.
Moreover, our Anti-Obscenity bill, Right to Visit legislation, Save Girls Sports, protections for religious freedom, and more all made progress and will resume where they left off next year.
My friends, your support for this organization has allowed us to make HUGE gains.
Yet, there is still much work to be done and there was much disappointment as the General Assembly gaveled out. That said, I’m choosing not to view these as losses – but instead “future opportunities” to strengthen our state. Legislatively, here is where I see the Lord leading us:
- Pushing back against the education and hospital lobby to ensure more educational and medical freedom for individuals and more rights for parents
- Greater protections for religious freedom
- Defending children from obscene materials in schools and from reckless medical procedures and chemicals that seek to do the impossible, “change their gender”
- Standing our ground against cancel culture bullies – like Delta, Big Tech, and the media – that aim to silence Georgia conservatives while profiting from lucrative tax breaks
- Limiting the power of the government
- Saving Girls Sports and unashamedly proclaiming truth
- Advocating for innocent human life and, ultimately, ending abortion everywhere
This journey continues next legislative session, but, now isn’t the “offseason.” Here’s just some what needs to be done in the meantime:
- Launching a Church Leader Network to equip the church to be as zealous for our faith in the public square as the Left is for theirs
- Developing engaged biblical citizens through our Biblical Citizenship Academy (click here to sign up for the Cartersville BCA on May 8)
- Purchasing software and engaging the grassroots so that we have an “army” of networked believers capable of counter-balancing the powerful education, hospital, and Chamber of Commerce lobbies
- Revamping our brand, strengthening and growing our team, and bolstering our programs (BIG news coming soon…)
- Launching research efforts, talking points, and bill writing efforts for next session
- Recruiting candidates and identifying election targets so that our state can shift in a more God-honoring direction
- Raising the funds need to combat the radical Left. Our goal is to INCREASE our annual revenue by 25% in the coming year alone! (If you’d like to help us with our growing budget, please consider donating HERE.)
We’re showing what can happen when a mission-minded, professional, strategic, and resourced organization leads the charge for our values. The results we’ve produced are transforming our state, and I’m proud to see how we’re leading the way!
But, the forces against us are strong. We are in spiritual warfare. The well-financed lobbies for hospitals, education, and international corporations are against us. The media and Big Tech are against us. Cancel culture is real. And, many who claim to be conservatives can waiver or become corrupted – making victories that should be easy either difficult or impossible.
I’m committed to having this organization be the change agent for Georgia.
Over the coming months, as alluded to, we’ll be making some big announcements and changes. Every decision we’re making is aimed specifically to strengthen our footing so that we can build on these wins yet rise to meet “future opportunities.”
Thank you for all your support in helping us reach this place! So grateful for your partnership in this battle!
For His Glory,
President and Executive Director
The home stretch of the legislative session kicked off with a bang Monday as Gracie’s Law (HB 128) – which bans discrimination against those with physical and mental disabilities on the organ transplant list – passed the Senate with an amendment to add…
Simon’s Law (HB 212) – which requires parental consent for a doctor to place a DNR order on a minor child. This two-for-one victory is a BIG win for the cause of life and for families!
We began the fight for Simon’s Law back in 2018 and have led the charge to make gains every session. This session, we also led the fight for Gracie’s Law, and, last week, we held a press conference with key legislators and advocates to bring attention to the issue. Through our Action Alert Center, thousands of you also joined us to ensure that this issue received a fair hearing.
Now, these efforts have paid off with MAJOR victories!
We’d like to thank Sen. Chuck Payne and Rep. Kasey Carpenter who have stood with us for Simon’s Law for years. In the fight for Gracie’s Law, Rep. Rick Williams and Rep. Mack Jackson led the charge in the House, and Sen. Clint Dixon – one of the Governor’s Floor Leaders – was eager to join the cause with us in the Senate. And, Sen. Dixon was more-than-willing to offer the “Simon’s Law Amendment” to make sure both of these issues could become law this year.
(As an aside, we’re also incredibly proud that, in our election efforts, both Sen. Payne and Sen. Dixon were top priorities and early endorsements for our organization as we helped them fight off significant challenges.)
This has been an uplifting and incredible effort to fight for every Georgian!
Over the rest of today and until session concludes on Wednesday, we’ll continue fighting for our legislation that protects children, advances educational freedom, affirms human dignity, and defends our constitutional rights.
We’re getting right back to it, but we wanted to share with you our excitement as we continue to be on the frontline fighting for a Georgia where all life is cherished.
President and Executive Director
Just look at all we’ve accomplished together this year! Among our many achievements is Simon’s Law, which passed the legislature this year. This important law makes sure that doctors consult with a child’s parents before withdrawing life-sustaining care, nutrition, and hydration from the child.
Without Family Policy Alliance of Idaho, parents in our state wouldn’t have this important legal protection to be involved in life and death decisions for their sick or disabled children.
But here’s the thing: I need your help.
We are on target to reach our fundraising goal for this year—but we need your help to make this happen. We need to raise $12,000 by September 31st. Can we rely on you to make this important investment and make the future of Idaho brighter for families?
If you have not yet given this year, or if you have and would like to further help us reach this modest goal, I invite you to do so by becoming a monthly Ministry Partner or by making a one-time gift of $100, $250, or $500.
Together – with your prayers and financial support – we will make Idaho a place where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.
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
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
The 2020 legislative session is off to a roaring start. The first substantial task for the legislature involves reauthorizing every administrative rule that expired at the end of the last legislative session when the legislature failed to agree on a reauthorization process for all existing rules.
This process is now ending. This week, legislators will begin shifting their attention from reviewing administrative rules to introducing and debating legislation. Here are three legislative bills we have our eyes on:
- Simon’s Law
One of the top priorities of Family Policy Alliance of Idaho® this year is to secure passage of Simon’s Law. Named after Simon Crosier, a baby boy born in 2010 with Trisomy 18, this legislation would ensure the right of parents to be involved in the medical decision-making process for their children.
Click here to learn more about Simon and efforts in Idaho and the U.S. Congress to protect every parent’s ultimate decision-making authority over their child’s medical care.
- Fairness in Sports Act
Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Ehardt (R-Idaho Falls), the Fairness in Sports Act would save girls sports. Rep. Ehardt knows sports—she spent 15 years as a NCAA Division I women’s basketball coach.
Currently, Idaho boys can play in girls’ sports after undergoing hormone treatment for one year. But the size, strength, bone structure, lung volume, and heart supply of most males far outpace the most elite female athletes, even after receiving hormone therapy. For this reason, the Fairness in Sports Act would bar biological boys from competing in girls high school sports.
Allowing boys to participate in girls’ sports deprives our girls of opportunities for victories, scholarships, and slots on teams. Biological boys are already beginning to win girls athletic championships in many states—making it even more important that girls sports are protected here in Idaho.
- Add the Words
Senator Maryanne Jordan (D-Boise) has yet again introduced “Add the Words.” This legislation would obliterate religious freedom by adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes under the Idaho Human Rights Act.
This is the sixth year in a row that this legislation has been introduced in the legislature. Even though every Democratic representative and senator is signing on as a cosponsor, we don’t anticipate this effort to go anywhere this year.
We are also keeping an eye on any “compromises” that may attempt to split the middle when it comes to constitutionally protected religious liberty and so-called LGBT “rights.”
We will keep you updated on these and other bills as the current legislative session shifts into high gear! In the meantime, please join us in prayer for our legislators.
Standing for you and your family,
Director of Advocacy
The legislative session has begun, and we’ll be updating you throughout the 40 legislative days on the “goings on” under the Gold Dome. To help you cut through all the noise, here are six things to know:
- Lots of $$$ talk – This will be a session that will excite the accountants as Georgia wrestles with questions of spending and revenue. We appreciate the leadership of Governor Kemp to put Georgia in a strong fiscal position by cutting spending, but we fully anticipate significant dialogue on how the budget should look moving forward. That leads us to…
- Casinos are a major threat – In an effort to avoid cuts and instead increase revenue, some are looking to embrace fraudulent math and an otherwise horrible idea: bringing casinos to Georgia. Such a move would cost the state far more than it brought in, hinder our ability to recruit business, and, even worse, provide a magnet for the evil of human trafficking and other community-destroying activity. We will work to empower legislators to oppose this reckless idea.
- Key legislation in position to move – Over the last few years, we’ve been keeping you updated on the “Tebow Bill,” SB 163 – which provides access for homeschool students to participate in extracurricular activities at their local public school – as well as “Simon’s Law,” SB 104 – which closes a loophole in Georgia code and would require doctors to get parental consent before placing a DNR on a minor child. Both have passed the Senate and now just need final passage in the House to reach the Governor’s desk. Expect action alerts in the coming days on this important legislation.
- Protecting children will be at the forefront – We look forward to supporting the Governor’s agenda for foster care and adoption reform, and we are excited by the number of bills aimed at protecting children – including legislation that would protect the vulnerable from gender reassignment surgeries and also athletes in single gender sports from being forced to compete with those who do not share their biological gender.
- Brian Kemp keeps his promises – It’s been incredible to see the profound culture change Governor Kemp has brought to the Gold Dome, and he has proven to be a strong ally for families. We achieved incredible success in 2019, and I expect even more wins in 2020. However, it’s important to understand that he alone cannot make his agenda happen overnight. Some of the issues we engage in will take time, but we are committed to seven more years with him at the helm, and I trust that he will keep every promise he’s made. We also need to send him reinforcements which leads us to…
- Everyone is watching what will happen in November – While I don’t think legislators are “punting” on this session, I do believe there is eagerness to see if the faith community will truly stand with those who have stood with us come election time. It’s why this election cycle could not be more important as we reward those who have done right and oppose those who have placed a radical liberal agenda ahead of protecting Georgians. It’s why we are building an unprecedented election effort, and we hope you’ll support this push push with a generous gift today.
As you can see this is another big year for our ministry and a year that could decide the direction of Georgia for generations to come. I’m grateful to have you standing with us, and I look forward to keeping you updated.
In His Service,
President and Executive Director