1. Idaho sued because physicians claim they don’t understand abortion laws
Earlier this month, Idaho was sued yet again over our abortion laws—this time by physicians (and a small handful of women) who claim that the Heartbeat and Trigger laws “lack clarity regarding how and when the medical emergency exceptions apply.”
Despite their extensive education in medicine, these medical professionals claim that they “do not understand what medical care they are allowed to provide to pregnant patients under the bans.”
But the laws are clear—as has already been affirmed by the Idaho Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Idaho earlier this year.
In that landmark decision, the Idaho Supreme Court insisted that any physician – and even any “person of ordinary intelligence” – would “unquestionably understand” when medical emergency exceptions apply.
Given this, it appears that these physicians are either manipulating patient care for political reasons or demonstrating an unacceptable level of incompetence—and we aren’t sure which of these explanations is most concerning for Idaho’s medical system.
2. Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador defends laws prohibiting sex change drugs and surgeries for children
Over the last few years, more than twenty Republican-led states have passed laws protecting gender-confused children from harmful pharmaceutical and surgical interventions.
That includes Idaho, where our Vulnerable Child Protection Act – which was drafted by Idaho Family Policy Center and sponsored by Rep. Bruce Skaug (R-Nampa) and Sen. Lori Den Hartog (R-Meridian) – is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2024.
These common-sense restrictions are ruffling some feathers—including in Indiana, where the ACLU has filed a lawsuit claiming that so-called ‘gender-affirming care’ should be regulated by radical medical associations, not state legislatures.
In response, Idaho Attorney General Labrador recently joined 20 other states in filing an amicus brief supporting the Indiana law, affirming that protecting children is a “valid exercise of the State’s police power.”
“The decision regarding the use of unproven hormonal treatments for our children should be made by states, not by the federal government or activist groups,” Attorney General Labrador said in a press release.
Thank you for standing courageously to protect vulnerable children, Attorney General Labrador!
3. Study confirms that children are consuming porn at school
As American youth grapple with an unprecedented epidemic of pornography consumption, most parents fail to realize just how easily children and teenagers can access sexually explicit materials at supposed safe havens like public schools and community libraries.
According to a recent national survey conducted by Common Sense, more than 41% of teens report watching porn during school—and a sizable minority of these teens report that they have viewed pornography on a school-owned device.
Yikes! Clearly schools are failing to protect students from sexually oriented materials on school computers and in library print collections.
Earlier this year, Idaho Family Policy Center released the results of our investigation finding that more than fifty public school and community libraries across the state make pornographic books available to children.
Parents shouldn’t have to worry that their children will be exposed to obscene materials at schools and libraries. We’ve reached a crisis point—and it’s time to take decisive action to protect our children.
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