FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2022
BOISE, IDAHO – Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has used the power of his office to attack Idaho Family Policy Center, a pro-family Christian ministry that promotes God-honoring public policy at the state legislature.
Wasden issued a press release on Wednesday accusing Idaho Family Policy Center of spreading “false information” about a compromise made between Planned Parenthood and the attorney general office in the Heartbeat law case that is pending before the Idaho Supreme Court. His press release was also published on the official Idaho Attorney General website.
Earlier this week, Idaho Family Policy Center sent an email expressing our disappointment with the deal cut between Planned Parenthood and Attorney General Wasden, which delays the implementation of our Heartbeat law in exchange for extended court proceedings.
Every detail of the Idaho Family Policy Center email reflects the court record, which extensively documents the deal. In fact, even the Idaho Supreme Court affirmed that the parties had reached a compromise when it declared in a court order that “both parties… requested action by this court to preserve the status quo [issue a stay] to give the parties the ability to adequately brief this case.”
Wasden also erroneously claimed in his press release that Blaine Conzatti, president of Idaho Family Policy Center, “apologized to the office for the false representation.”
A statement from Blaine Conzatti, president of Idaho Family Policy Center:
I cannot believe that a sitting attorney general would use the power of his office to attack a Christian ministry like Idaho Family Policy Center. All of us recognize that Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is in a tough primary, but that doesn’t permit him to throw us under the bus as he struggles to provide himself political cover.
Let me be clear: everyone at Idaho Family Policy Center values the truth. We would never knowingly spread false information. Every detail contained in our public statements can be verified by the court record, including the order issued by the Idaho Supreme Court.
If the attorney general feels that the Idaho Supreme Court misunderstood or misrepresented what happened, then the attorney general can take that up with the court. Leave us out of it.
The attorney general has publicly stated that Idaho Family Policy Center has been assisting his office in defending the Heartbeat law. We have been assured that the attorney general will defend this law vigorously, so we will remain in a ‘trust but verify’ mode as the case continues, even as we hope to continue working with the attorney general in defending this law.
I would ask the attorney general to set aside politics and personalities so that we can get back to focusing on what really matters—protecting preborn children with beating hearts.
For questions or to schedule an interview with Blaine Conzatti, please contact (208) 260-5844 or [email protected].