Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador Supports Law That Allows Parents To Deny Their Kids Medical Care Under ‘Religious Liberty’

Republican Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho defended a state law that protects parents who practice “faith healing” on their kids, even if their children die.

Labrador was asked about the law, which protects parents from prosecution if their children die for lack of health care, during a gubanotorial debate on April 23, notes The Spokesman-Review.

Labrador replied:

I would not change it. I believe in religious liberty.

Republican Lt. Gov. Brad Little also appeared to stop short of criminalization: “We need to convince those people to do the right thing – it pains me when I see what’s happened.”

“Pro-life” Republican Tommy Ahlquist also took a soft step regarding allowing children to die:

I think we need to look at that law. I’ve been there. Religious liberties are so important, and parental rights are so important.

The Democratic candidates — A.J. Balukoff and Paulette Jordan — told the Idaho Statesman that they oppose the law, but Labrador, once again, defended the right of parents to allow their children to die:

Families, not government, should make health care decisions for their children.

(Source: The Spokesman-Review, Idaho Statesman, Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

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