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Faith-healing exemption law targeted

Numerous children of members of the Followers of Christ in Marsing, Idaho have died of treatable causes since 2009, AP reporter John Miller reports; church members rely on faith healing, rather than medicine, to help sick members. Ada County Coroner Erwin Sonnenberg says autopsies of many of the children showed that routine intervention — antibiotics here, an appendectomy there — could have saved them.

Now, Democratic Rep. John Gannon is proposing amending Idaho law to lift the faith-healing exemption from Idaho's injury to a child criminal statute in cases where a child's medical condition may cause death or permanent disability. “Medical treatment for physical harm to a child should supersede every other consideration,” Gannon told the AP. Read more. Betsy Russell, EOB

Do you agree with Democratic Rep. John Gannon who says Idaho's existing faith-healing exemptions for injury-to-a-child crimes should be updated?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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