Reasons To Change Idaho Religious Exemption Laws

The Protect Idaho Kids Foundation urges Idaho legislators to support equal rights to medical care for sick and injured children. For several years we have tried to have Idaho’s criminal and civil religious exemption laws repealed. In an attempt to move forward during the 2021 legislative session, we have dropped our request for changing of the criminal statutes, only requesting that the religious exemptions be limited in the civil codes.

Hundreds of Idaho children have died after their parents withheld medical care on religious grounds.

Many suffered extreme, prolonged pain. Many died of diseases that doctors routinely cure. Some are still suffering, and some are terminal.


Arrian Jade Granden
In 2012 Arrian, 15, died at her home in Parma, Idaho, after suffering nausea and vomiting for three days. She became weak and lethargic and unable to eat or drink. She was unconscious for four or five hours and then suffered cardiac arrest. The pathologist found gastrointestinal hemorrhage and a ruptured esophagus.

Besides her parents many family and friends were in her home when public officials arrived, but no one had called for medical help.

Arrian had five brothers and two sisters; she was the third oldest. In many ways, Arrian was a typical teen-age girl. She loved snowboarding and running track. She was a bit obsessed with boys, was fond of both elegant dresses and torn jeans, and loved to take pictures with her girlfriends. A few months before her death she had gotten a new dog. The last posting on her Facebook page was simply, “Can’t wait for school.”

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The March

On February 19, 2017, we marched  to the Idaho State Capitol to honor children who have died from “faith healing” medical neglect and to prevent future deaths.
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We can't do this alone. It's up to all of us to stop this needless suffering. Please help us get rid of harmful exemptions and give all Idaho children a chance at a healthy life.

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