Idaho Governor Butch Otter. Remove religious shield laws that prevent prosecution of child abuse due to medical neglect by faith healing parents.
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Idaho Governor Butch Otter. Remove religious shield laws that prevent prosecution of child abuse due to medical neglect by faith healing parents.

    1. Linda Martin
    2. Petition by

      Linda Martin

      Lowell, OR

Children born into the Followers of Christ church in Idaho are dying. Over 12 children have died in less than two years due to faith healing. A death rate of approx. 30% higher than the rest of the state. Their only medical care is prayer and anointing with olive oil. Their deaths can only be described as ritualistic sacrifices. The children are permitted to die as a way to show the congregation how strong the faith of the parent is.To seek medical help is perceived to show weakness and is therefore not tolerated.

Adults simply stand by and watch until the last breath is taken.

There are no attempts to resuscitate.

I am only one of many children who have suffered abuse and neglect at the hands of this church. I personally have attended over 100 funerals of these members, about one quarter of the dead are children. The picture of the baby on the petition is only one of the dead. He is the first of four children to be buried by my aunt and uncle. He was stillborn. His mother never received any type of prenatal care.

Every day that the religious shield laws remain in the law books means another child will die. Help me save the kids.

 

To:
Idaho Governor
Idaho State Senate
Idaho State House
Remove religious shield laws that prevent prosecution of child abuse due to medical neglect by faith healing. Parents who ONLY pray for their children and do not seek appropriate, life saving medical care should not be protected under Idaho State Law.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    News

    1. Idaho 2015

      Linda Martin
      Petition Organizer

      I am in the process of preparing a bill for the 2015 Idaho Legislative Session. We need to apply enough pressure on the Idaho Legislature so this bill can go forward.
      This petition needs to be shared and signed now more than ever. Idaho politicians need to know that this is an issue that will not go away.
      By signing and sharing you are showing support for changing the laws that deny children their right to live.
      Many of Idaho's politicians campaign on a pro-life platform but refuse to protect children after they are born.
      If the Idaho Legislature fails to change the current laws, they need to realize they are sanctioning child abuse.
      Every day these laws are in the books, the lives of generations of children are at risk. Idaho is sending a clear message to parents that they have the right to let their children suffer and die needlessly.
      The cries of too many children have been silenced forever.

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. Idaho Bill will not get a hearing

      Linda Martin
      Petition Organizer

      Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke killed house bill 458 by not granting a hearing. I plan on submitting another bill next year and every year until it is passed. Children will continue dying until lawmakers understand that their inaction is causing the deaths of these children.

    4. Bill Drafted

      Linda Martin
      Petition Organizer

      After signing this petition please send a respectful e-mail to Idaho lawmakers urging them to support the amendment to
      Idaho Statute 18-1501(4). It will save children's lives. Thanks for helping.
      http://www.kboi2.com/news/local/Followers-Christ-Idaho-240622911.html

      Idaho lawmaker tackles faith healing after child deaths

      BOISE, Idaho (AP) - After child deaths from treatable conditions, an Idaho lawmaker aims to follow Oregon's lead and require parents get medical help for children suffering from potentially fatal conditions even if their religion opposes it.

    5. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Samantha Aleo FAYETTEVILLE, NC
      • 29 days ago

      Children deserve to live the lives that God meant for them, not to die because of Human ignorance

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    • Stephen Schlosser DOWNINGTOWN, PA
      • about 1 month ago

      I abhor crimes against children

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    • Bob Johnson CLEARWATER, FL
      • about 1 month ago

      Children are helpless and innocent. They need to be protected from all harm including religious superstitions.

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    • Valerie O'Conor DELANO, MN
      • about 1 month ago

      I was a child victim of "faith healing" in Christian Science. I suffered. I know of children who died. This is WRONG. Protect the children. Period.

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    • Barry Schrape AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 month ago

      Protect children from the bad ideas of their parents.

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