Too many children in Idaho are dying from “faith healing” medical neglect.
It’s time the state did something to stop it.
The Child-Friendly Faith Project doesn’t get involved in politics too often—except when it comes to Idaho. Why? Because Idaho’s laws fail to protect the health of children who are raised in families and communities that deny their sons and daughters medical care for religious reasons.

As a result, many children are suffering and even dying from such treatable conditions as infection and diabetes.

Why? Because in Idaho, it’s legal for parents or guardians to deny a child needed medical care if they claim it’s for religious reasons. Even if that child suffers. Even if that child becomes permanently disabled. Even if that child dies.

The CFFP is focused on educating lawmakers and the public about the issue of “faith healing” medical neglect. It’s not because we oppose freedom of religion. It’s because we believe that all children—no matter what religious beliefs their parents or guardians hold—deserve to be provided needed medical care.

This effort to strengthen these protections is endorsed by the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association and the Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. What’s more, a Governor’s Task Force is pushing the legislature to change the laws. A host of prominent child advocates—that includes faith leaders and survivors—believe the legislature and the Governor have a duty to protect all children from medical neglect.

Please support this effort! Click here to see how you can easily write an email expressing your concerns to the entire Senate and House of Representatives. To see press coverage of this issue, click here.

Be part of a Child-Friendly Faith movement.

Help us ensure that all children in Idaho receive needed medical care.

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Janet Heimlich is an award-winning journalist and the author of "Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment," the first book to fully examine the issue of child abuse and neglect enabled by religious belief. In 2012, Janet founded the Child-Friendly Faith Project whose mission is to share knowledge and build community around the issue of religious child maltreatment (RCM) and advocate for and empower those whose lives are impacted by RCM. She also sits on the board of directors of Foundation Beyond Belief and co-hosts the podcast, "Parenting Beyond Belief." Prior to becoming a child advocate, Janet was a freelance reporter for National Public Radio, work for which she won numerous journalism awards; she has also written nonfiction articles for such publications as Texas Monthly and the Texas Observer.

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