"This bill would allow even more Idaho parents to use prayer as an excuse to avoid the medical needs of their children. If you allow this bill to pass, it will be responsible for the deaths of generations of children."
"We should each have a personal choice for the health of ourselves and our families. ... We believe pharmaceuticals and medicine are from Satan. That is our belief and use it to condemn no-one but ourselves."
Mariah Walton made her way to the Idaho Statehouse in February to urge a Senate panel to move the proposal, sponsored by Rep. John Gannon (D-Boise), forward but the measure never gained traction among Republican leadership.
"I was very scared going [to the hospital]. On the way back [home] I was crying because I was so scared of what my parents were going to say to me, because my parents my whole life told me if I ever were to go [to see a doctor] that something terrible would happen to me."
Sen. Lee Heider (R-Twin Falls) concedes the debate is still a "freedom of religion issue," but Rep. John Gannon (D-Boise) says he's prepared to present the bill again with what he calls "new evidence."