Farris: Parental Rights Still Under Fire in California
California is at it again. Last year, California passed the notorious SB 277, removing all non-medical vaccination exemptions, and undermining the fundamental right of parents to direct the medical care of their children. Apparently, that was not enough.
SB18, filed in December, would plot a dangerous new course for the legislature regarding parental rights. The lawmakers could decide and/or delegate to bureaucrats what decisions are “optimal,” “healthy,” “appropriate, quality,” and “research-based.” This would remove the legal presumption that “natural bonds of affection lead parents to act in the best interests of their children.” Parham v. J.R., 442 U.S. 584 (1979), emphasis added.
If California gets their way, the whole notion that parents know and love their children best will be replaced by a system where the government gets to decide what’s best for children without a showing of need to intervene into a parent’s child-rearing decisions. This is not in the best interest of children and families, and we must not let it happen.
From the beginning, our goal has been to protect family privacy and the vital parent-child relationship, except where evidence of abuse or neglect exists. We cannot meet that goal while letting California run roughshod over families. But we need your help to meet this challenge.
Please take a moment right now – before you close this email – to make your best possible donation to ParentalRights.org today to empower us to stand against this menace to parental rights. If this intrusion into the family becomes a reality in California, it won’t be long before this push will reach your state. The time to act is now, but we can only stand with your support.
If you cannot give today, we would welcome your prayers and urge you to continue to follow our emails to stay informed of threats like this in your own state. But if you can give, please know your gift today will help protect children by empowering their parents against the unjustified government intrusion we’re seeing in California as we speak.
Thank you for standing with us to support parental rights.
Michael P. Farris, J.D, LL.M.