Thursday, February 27, 2014

Rep. Gannon's 'Faith-Healing' Bill Won't Get Hearing in Idaho House

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 9:28 AM

When Boise Weekly sat down with Boise Democratic Rep. John Gannon for this week's Citizen interview, we asked him about his proposed bill that would lift protections for some parents who use faith healing or prayer as their primary treatment for children who may later die.

As written, Gannon's bill says if a child dies or suffers a permanent disability, the parent or guardian would be responsible and possibly charged with a felony if they tried to use faith healing as the primary source of care and refused traditional medical care.

"I keep hearing that my bill is very reasonable but, yes, there is a bit of resistance. I made some changes to give some comfort to other representatives," Gannon told BW. "I'll let you guess if there's going to be a hearing anytime soon."

But the guessing is over.

This morning's Idaho Press Tribune reports that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rich Wills said he was told by House Speaker Scott Bedke that "there's no room in this Legislature for debate on the measure."

Nampa Republican Rep. Christy Perry had said that Gannon's bill "trampled on religious beliefs."

"Your religious beliefs end when some kind of harm begins, especially with a child," Gannon argued.

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