Source: Mike Malloy
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Faith-healers in Idaho take notice -- soon you may lose your legal right to watch children die from preventable illnesses and diseases.
After several recent child deaths, an Idaho lawmaker wants to follow Oregon's lead and require parents to seek medical help for kids suffering from potentially fatal conditions -- even if their religion frowns on it.
Since 2009, numerous children of members of the Followers of Christ in Marsing, Idaho, have died of treatable causes, according to their autopsy reports.
"The church, with locations in Idaho, California and Oregon, relies on faith healing, not medicine, to help sick members.
Democratic Rep. John Gannon of Boise says Idaho's existing faith-healing exemptions for injury-to-a-child crimes should be updated. He has support from Linda Martin, an Oregon woman who left the church in Idaho decades ago and has returned this week to champion the changes.
"'These children need a chance to grow up,' Martin told The Associated Press Thursday.
"According to an autopsy from June 2012, 15-year-old Arrian Jade Granden died after suffering from food poisoning. After three days of vomiting, her esophagus ruptured.
"Preston John Bowers, who was 22 months old, died in March 2011 of pneumonia, according to his autopsy report. He had been suffering from a fever for days.
"That same month, 14-year-old Rockwell Alexander Sevy died after a two-week illness. 'As time went on, he began having more shortness of breath and the rattle in his chest got worse,' wrote Canyon County Coroner Vicki Degeus-Morris, concluding pneumonia.
"Pamela Jade Eells, 16, died in November 2011, again of pneumonia, according to the Payette County coroner.
"Rep. Christy Perry, R-Nampa, said she fears the bill tramples on religious freedoms and parental rights.
"'This is about religious beliefs, the belief God is in charge of whether they live, and God is in charge of whether they die,' said Perry, whose district is not far from the Followers' Idaho church. "'This is about where they go for eternity.'
"But Rep. Rich Wills, R-Glenns Ferry and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee where Gannon's bill could be introduced, said he is willing to consider updating faith-healing exemptions.
"'I'm concerned any parent would put their religious beliefs ahead of child welfare,' Will said. 'It just stuns me.'
"On Thursday, Ada County Coroner Erwin Sonnenberg recalled autopsies of numerous Followers' children. In some instances, routine intervention -- antibiotics here, an appendectomy there -- could have saved them, he said. 'I understand the faith side of it. But it seems like at least let your kids grow up, when it comes down to it, and decide for themselves.'"
Shucks, those Godless liberal lawmakers keep interfering with your right to let your kid die. That is, your perogative to let them die once they're out of the womb. Letting them die in the womb is the ultimate sin against God, right? Once they're born, it's every infant for himself, right? What did Jesus say about suffer the little children? Doubt this is what He had in mind.
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