SB 18: Threatens parental rights //
Say NO to SB 18 -- Protect parental rights in California
APRIL 10, 2017 UPDATE: Because of phone calls from pro-family Californians, a radical anti-parent bill, SB 18, which even made some Democrat legislators nervous, has been completely gutted.
These amendments delete all the new, draconian powers given to the State to dominate parents and even take children away from good parents.
Instead, the new SB 18 would create a commission to recommend how the State should eventually replace parents in raising children.
Realize what this means. The old SB 18 is dead -- and that's a real victory. But the amended SB 18 is a slow burn that should also be vehemently opposed.
PLEASE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS NEW MOMENTUM
Leave easy voicemails for the 5 members of the State Senate Rules Committee.
In your message, say: "I'm calling to urge (Senator's name) to OPPOSE THE AMENDED SB 18, which still aims to replace parents with the State. Hands off our kids -- NO on the amended SB 18."
Leave voicemails between 7pm and 7am. Do not reveal your name, city, or contact info (if you mistakenly do, they'll likely disregard your call unless you're in their district).
Call the 5 members of the Senate Rules Committee, in this order. They can refuse to assign and advance SB 18 for a hearing in a policy committee:
Connie Leyva (D) (916) 651-4020 and (909) 591-7016
Anthony Cannella (R) (916) 651-4012 and (209) 581-9827
Tom Berryhill (R) (916) 651-4008 and (559) 253-7122
Kevin de León (D) (916) 651-4024 and (213) 483-9300
Toni Atkins (D) (916) 651-4039 and (619) 645-3133
"Children's rights"? Realize that every legal right given to a child is a legal right stripped from parents!
Homeschooling families, Christian families, parents who discipline, parents who own guns, parents against controversial vaccines -- they're all targeted if the State takes control of children.
As originally introduced, under the perfectionist, subjective terminology of SB 18, any parents who aren't doing what's "best," "optimal," "healthy" or "appropriate" in the eyes of the State are now BAD PARENTS whose children (or grandchildren) could be taken away from them.
As the parental rights experts at Family Protection Ministries reported:
The wording in this first version of SB 18 is broad, vague, and complex. If the introduced version of SB 18 became law in California, it would, at the very least, be a dangerous attack on parents having the legal right to make decisions for their children (ages 17 and younger) in every area of life (e.g., religion, education, social involvement, health, friendships, etc).
These are some of the reasons SB 18 is of great concern to us:
- The state would become the enforcer of these newly created children’s rights (e.g. a heathy and safe environment; social and emotional well-being; an appropriate and quality education; and appropriate and quality health care).
- It could override the current Constitutional law, which recognizes that parents have a FUNDAMENTAL LEGAL RIGHT to direct the upbringing and education of their children.
- It could result in violations of families’ FUNDAMENTAL LEGAL RIGHTS to be secure in their homes against unreasonable state intrusion.
QUICK FACTS ON PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT
» Children who have parental support are likely to have better health as adults.
» Students with involved parents tend to earn higher grades, have better social skills, and are more likely to graduate and go on to post-secondary education.
» Children are more likely to be socially competent and have better communication skills when they have parents who are sensitive to their needs and emotions.
» Teens who are monitored by their parents are one-quarter as likely as teens with "hands-off" parents to smoke, drink, and use drugs.
Parents play an irreplaceable role in the lives of their children. This vital relationship positively impacts a child's physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The right of parents to maintain a strong involvement in their children's lives has been continually upheld by Supreme Court doctrine. It is deeply valued by millions of American families. "The Vital Child-Parent Relationship," ParentalRights.org
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