FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2021
Heartbeat Bill Reintroduced in Idaho Legislature
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho Supports the Idaho Heartbeat Bill
BOISE, Idaho – Family Policy Alliance of Idaho, a pro-family ministry, is excited to support the Heartbeat Bill that was introduced today in the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee.
The bill, 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.
An earlier version of the bill had been introduced last month. “This new version of the Idaho Heartbeat Bill is a stronger piece of legislation than its predecessor and better reflects the values of pro-life state legislators,” said Blaine Conzatti, Executive Director of Family Policy Alliance of Idaho.
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 to 98 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 the heartrate as an important indicator of a preborn child’s health.
A statement from Blaine Conzatti, Executive Director of 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. With this important legislation, Idaho has the opportunity to join the ranks of twelve other states who have passed Heartbeat laws to protect human life. Preborn babies with beating hearts deserve the same constitutional right to life accorded to any other living person.”
For questions or to schedule an interview with Blaine Conzatti, please contact (208) 260-5844 or Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com.
Family Policy Alliance works to advance biblical citizenship and promote good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.