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Bryan Fischer: Unfortunate Midwifery Bill Evidently Headed for Passage

March 24th, 2009 by Halli

Idaho Values Alliance

HB185, a bill which will outlaw any unlicensed midwifery in Idaho, is poised for passage today in the Idaho senate.

The net effect of this bill will be to put any number of currently practicing midwives out of business, all to solve a problem that I have yet to hear even exists.

This will raise the cost of childbirth for parents, especially for rural parents, and rob many of them of the dream of bringing a child into the world in a carefully crafted home environment.

It will force more rural parents to go the nearest hospital for labor and delivery services, which will not only add a huge surcharge to the cost of giving birth but also will create additional risks in the delivery itself as babies tend to come when they are ready, even if it’s in the backseat of a car bouncing along a rural road while the parents race to the nearest (and expensive) delivery room.

Any woman who now serves as a midwife will soon be guilty of a misdemeanor if she does not pay the $1,000 licensing fee and comply with mandatory, state-imposed continuing education requirements. If she does it a second time, she will be guilty of a felony.

This bill has already passed the Idaho House unanimously, and seems assured of passage today in the Senate. And so one more slice of freedom is taken away from Idaho families, and lifelong practitioners of a time-honored art that goes back to the days of Moses will suddenly be turned into criminals by legislative fiat.

If you wonder how freedoms are lost, and surrendered to the iron fist of government, you’re looking at it. One well-meaning, well-intentioned creeping step at a time.

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