The “Let Them Live” issue has been featured on The Today Show and Good Morning America and in the international newspaper, The Guardian. Many Idaho TV and radio stations and other news organizations have also covered the issue.
Shawn Vestal: Idaho lawmakers stand up again for the religious right of parents to let their children dieBy: Shawn Vestal
Top 10 Causes of Death in the U.S.
By Troy Brown, RN
July 1, 2016 — The death rate in the United States hit an all-time low in 2014, but heart disease and cancer were still the top two causes of death, new data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows.
The top 10 were:
1 Heart disease (23.4% of all deaths)
2 Cancer (22.5%)
3 Chronic lung diseases (5.6%)
4 Accidents (unintentional injuries; 5.2%)
5 Stroke (5.1%)
6 Alzheimer’s disease (3.6%)
7 Diabetes (2.9%)
8 Influenza and pneumonia (2.1%)
9 Kidney disease (1.8%)
10 Suicide (1.6%)
Together, these 10 causes accounted for 74% of all deaths in the United States. They are unchanged from the top 10 in 2013.
Are medical errors really the third most common cause of death in the U.S.?
David Gorski on May 9, 2016
A regurgitation of existing data suggested that medical error is the third leading cause of death in America. Is it true? Spoiler alert!
No. No it’s not. While medical error can and should be reduced, this BMJ article does not justify claims that doctors are a leading cause of death in the United States.
Protect Idaho Kids is in favor of this bill not passing because language in it could cause more children to die from faith based medical neglect than are dying now”.
By Associated Press
BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The Idaho Senate has spiked a proposal seeking to tweak the state’s laws allowing families to cite religious reasons for medical decisions without fear of being charged with neglect or abuse.
The proposal would have only amended Idaho’s civil laws to make it easier for judges to get involved in faith-healing cases. The bill did not change the state’s religious exemption regarding criminal charges, which is considered the most contentious part of the religious waiver.
However, despite the proposal being pitched as a compromise, criticism among lawmakers ranged from those who thought the bill didn’t change enough while others thought the bill went too far.
Idaho Press-TribuneMarch 21, 2017