Breaking: Resolution Attacking Parental Rights Introduced

Concerns surrounding Senate Bill 18 by Senator Richard Pan only continue to increase. Now amended, SB 18 creates a Joint Legislative Committee on Children and Youth which is to be made up of nine members of the Senate and nine members of the Assembly.

SB 18 then directs this committee to develop “‘California’s Promise to its Children and Youth,’ a framework for the care and welfare of the state’s children and youth…” The bill then adds direction regarding a once unnamed and vague Senate resolution stating, “The committee shall consider Senate Concurrent Resolution No. _____, the Bill of Rights for the Children and Youth of California,” for the purpose of developing the framework mentioned above.

The breaking news is that Senator Pan has introduced the unnamed resolution, now known as SCR 41, Bill of Rights for the Children and Youth of California.

SB 18   directs the committee to work with medical organizations involved in child health care, educational organizations and institutions, organizations in child development and welfare, and applicable state agencies and commissions to develop a plan for implementation of the “framework” the committee is tasked with creating. But nowhere is it mentioned that they must also work with parents.

This newly introduced resolution opens a Pandora’s box when it comes to the government exercising their judgement and exerting authority in what is best for your child.

Remember, resolutions are non-binding, they cannot be enforced by law, but the committee formed is directed to use this resolution as a resource when crafting legislation regarding children in California.

Some quick facts about SCR 41

  • SCR 41 categorizes anyone under the age of 21 as Children and/or Youth and entitles them to newly identified rights and specific services.
  • The resolution includes “The Right to develop a healthy attachment to a parent, legal guardian, or caregiver…” Who sets the standard for what is healthy? Does the government get to set their own definition on that? This is dangerously subjective.
  • It also includes access of a child’s parents to “voluntary home visitation.” When will this “voluntary” visitation be offered to parents? Will parents who don’t adhere to mainstream education, health, and nutrition ideologies immediately send a red flag and mark themselves as candidates for these programs? Will CPS or the authorities show up at your door to “offer” you these programs? Will parents be bullied and intimidated into participating in these programs?
  • The resolution discusses the right to payment of a living wage to a child’s parents, access to paid time off of work, a reliable work schedule, and employment that promotes a healthy balance between life and work. Will employers be forced to increase wages? The potential this has to force even more businesses to leave California is great. These jobs leaving the state would only negatively impact those who are currently holding these jobs. Other jobs that will remain in California despite increases In wages will only continue to increase the cost of their product to meet the demand for more cash flow to their business. It’s a lose-lose situation.
  • The resolution also states more than once that the priority would be to keep a child with its parents as long as it is in the child’s best interest to do so. Imagine, the state being given the power to outline what is in the best interest of your child.
  • The resolution includes that children have the right to live in communities that are free of pollutants. Will parents who live in large cities with more pollutants be forced to relocate? Children are also given the right to access safe and affordable modes of transportation. Who is going to provide this transportation? The state, and therefore, the taxpayers?
  • The resolution also gives children and youth the right to “appropriate legal representation and a child advocate in legal proceedings to represent the interest of the child.” Because the state will determine that some parenting philosophies are unfit, they make sure to prepare for the legal battles to come.
  • As the original language in SB 18 did, this resolution lists the “right to appropriate education…” This right includes access to internet while at school and at home. Again, the state will become the authority on what quality education is. They include in the bill that parents have options such as home-based schooling, and independent studies, but really, that only extends until they see it as disagreeable, then, it’s no longer “quality.”
  • The resolution discusses that children have the right to mental and behavioral assessments at intervals the states is to determine.
  • The resolution also mentions funding for schools and programs that schools would have the option to offer, like health screenings. All of these programs will be funded with taxpayer money.

The irony is that the end of the resolution states “…the Legislature intends that nothing in this resolution be interpreted… to limit a parent’s rights under state or federal law…” The insertion of this is only a failed attempt to silence opposition who speak out against this resolution because of its attack on parental rights. With this as the guiding document for the committee tasked with developing the framework mentioned in SB 18, we are in a world of trouble.Contact your Senator today and ask them to OPPOSE SB 18 and SCR 41.

SB 219 – LGBT Long-Term Care Facility Resident’s Bill of Rights (Scott Wiener)

Senator Scott Wiener has introduced SB 219. Tagged as the LGBT Long-Term Care Facility Resident’s Bill of Rights, this bill ultimately grants preferential treatment to LGBT individuals in long-term care facilities. This bill forces staff at these facilities to assign rooms to residents based on an individual’s gender identity, rather than their biological sex, even despite resident concerns.

This is unacceptable. Every person in these facilities should be treated with the utmost care and dignity. Forcing biological females to share sleeping quarters with biological males  shows disregard for these individuals. This bill is ripe for abuse as the requirement is simply to self-proclaim one’s gender identity. This bill could easily be used as a tool by perpetrators to prey upon unsuspecting, vulnerable victims.

The bill also demands that facilities, such as restrooms, open to persons of one gender must be available to those of the same gender identity. This becomes especially problematic when facilities are multiple use.

All long-term care facility residents deserve privacy.

This bill will be heard in committee tomorrow. See complete details below.

 

Committee Hearing Information:
Senate Human Services Committee
Date: March 28th, 2017
Time: 1:30pm
Location: State Capitol, Room 3191

TAKE ACTION:

 

1. If you are at all able, attend the hearing tomorrow.

2. Call your Senator (find your Senator here) and the Senators who are on the Senate Human Services Committee listed below and ask them toprotect the dignity and safety of all individuals in long-term care facilities, and OPPOSE SB 219.

Senate Human Services Committee Members:

Senator Scott Wiener (D) (Chair)
916.651.4011

Senator Tom Berryhill (R) (Vice-Chair)
916.651.4008

Senator Steven Glazer (D)
916.651.4007

Senator Josh Newman (D)
916.651.4029

Senator Janet Nguyen (R)
916.651.4034

 

SB 18 – Government attempt to replace parents (Richard Pan)

Action Alert

The California Legislature is back in session. And to no surprise, radical legislation has already been introduced. When one party has a super-majority, why wait? This week Senator Richard Pan, who is already no friend of parental rights advocates, introduced  SB 18, the “Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in California.”  This specific proposal attacks parental rights, and your ability to freely raise your children without massive government intervention.

Below we’ve listed a portion of the bill below along with our main concerns noted in red:

SECTION 1.
(a) The Legislature finds and declares that all children and youth, regardless of gender, class, race, ethnicity, national origin, culture, religion, immigration status, sexual orientation, or ability, have inherent rights that entitle them to protection, special care, and assistance, including, but not limited to, the following:

(1) The right to parents, guardians, or caregivers who act in their best interest.

Who decides what is in the best interest of your child? Will this legislation grant that authority to the government? What happens if the government determines parents are not acting in what they consider the “best interest” of the child?

(2) The right to form healthy attachments with adults responsible for their care and well-being.

(3) The right to live in a safe and healthy environment.

Again, who decides what a healthy environment is? Who decides what a safe environment is? Could a home where parents own firearms be considered unsafe?

Senator Pan voted YES on SB 203, a bill that required warnings on sugar-sweetened beverages, no doubt an attempt to decrease sugary beverage consumption. Would Senator Pan consider your home an unhealthy environment if you allow your children to have a soda on family movie night? Would your parenting choices inside your home now be opened up to even more government oversight without any cause?

(4) The right to social and emotional well-being.

Again, these are subjective demands. Who sets the standards on what social and emotional well-being looks like? We’ve heard people say time and time again that homeschoolers do not receive adequate “socialization.” Is some guy in a suit sitting at a desk now going to determine who your children should socialize with and how often?
 
If you’ve had a teenager, you know that any small disagreement can turn into a perceived crisis on the teen’s part. If you ground your teen from cell-phone use and they post a dramatic rant on Facebook, is CPS going to show up at your door claiming your child is emotionally unhealthy, therefore their rights are being violated in your home?
 
If a child is struggling with LGBT issues, and a parent attempts to help them through this, will the government get to determine if the way the parents are counseling their own child is acceptable for their well-being?

(5) The right to opportunities to attain optimal cognitive, physical, and social development.

Again, should the government have control over what opportunities should be offered to your children regarding their social life? Or their physical development? Would the government have the right to say if and which sports your child should play, and how often they can practice?

(6) The right to appropriate, quality education and life skills leading to self-sufficiency in adulthood.

Will the government determine that private or home education are not “quality education” options?

(7) The right to appropriate, quality health care.

Last year Senator Richard Pan came under fire for SB 277, a bill that mandated certain vaccinations for children. Will the government consider it quality health care to add to this list of mandatory vaccinations? Could quality health care include the government forcing you to allow your 12 year old daughter to take birth control? Does this include mental health?

Take Action Today

This bill is nothing more than a direct assault on parental rights that must be stopped.

We’ve all heard of stranger danger. This is not that. We aren’t strangers to Senator Pan’s history on parental rights. He supports big government bullying parents into submission. If you support parental rights you must take action today.

Call Senator Pan’s office and let them know that you oppose this assault on parental rights. Your child belongs to you, not the government.

Capitol Office: (916) 651-4006
District Office: (916) 262-2904

Email Senator Pan here:
senator.pan@senate.ca.gov
Tweet your opposition to this bill at Senator Pan @DrPanMD this bill using the hashtags #CALeg and #SB18.

Stop Co-Ed Showers, Locker Rooms and Restrooms in California Schools

gender neutral bathroomThe California Senate is preparing to vote on a bill, AB 1266, which would allow boys and girls to share the same school lockers rooms, showers, restrooms, sporting programs, and school activities, based on the student’s gender identity, rather than his or her actual biological gender.

Gender identity refers to a person’s subjective opinion of ones gender, which may or may not correspond to the person’s biological sex. But no matter the student’s gender identity, imposing this drastic and intrusive law upon all students is foolish and irresponsible.

This bill will go into effect in Jan. 2014 and will affect every California public school student who uses a school restroom, locker room, or shower.

Contact your Senator and the Senators below and urge them to vote NO on AB 1266

SENATOR ALEX PADILLA
Capitol Office: 916-651-4020
Van Nuys Office: 818-901-5588
senator.padilla@senate.ca.govSENATOR RICHARD ROTH
Capitol Office: 916-651-4031
Riverside Office: 951-680-6750
senator.roth@senate.ca.gov

SENATOR ED HERNANDEZ
Capitol Office: 916-651-4024
West Covina Office: 626-430-2499
senator.hernandez@senate.ca.gov

SENATOR RONALD CALDERON
Capitol Office: 916-651-4030
Montebello Office: 323-890-2790
senator.calderon@senate.ca.gov

SENATOR NORMA TORRES
Capitol Office: 916-651-4032
Montclair Office: 909-621-2783
senator.torres@senate.ca.gov

SENATOR BEN HUESO
Capitol Office: 916-651-4040
El Centro Office: 760-335-3442
senator.hueso@senate.ca.govSENATOR LOU CORREA
Capitol Office: 916-651-4034
Capitol Fax: 916-323-2323
senator.correa@senate.ca.gov

SENATOR CURREN PRICE
Capitol Office: 916 651-4026
Los Angeles Office: 213 745-6656
senator.price@senate.ca.gov

SENATOR ROD WRIGHT
Capitol Office: 916 651-4035
Inglewood Office: 310 412-0393
senator.wright@senate.ca.gov

Action Alert 5/27: AB 154, SB 323, & SB 274

 

Action  Needed!

Today begins a week of floor session for both the Assembly and Senate. All bills that have been introduced this session must be voted on and moved out of their house of origin by May 31st.

 

  

Assembly Floor Bills

AB 154 – Expanding Abortion

AB 154 expands abortion allowing nurses and midwives to perform this procedure. This law would put women’s health at risk by allowing non-physicians to perform abortions.

This bill will be on the Assembly Floor for a vote as early as today.

Contact your Assemblymember and urge them to vote “NO” on AB 154.

Find your Assemblymember

 

Senate Floor Bills

SB 323 -Attack on Religious Liberties and Non-Profits (Lara)

SB 323 seeks to revoke the tax-exempt status of non-profit youth organizations byforcing such organizations, including private schools, to hire or to allow as leaders, persons whose sexual conduct is against their beliefs. SB 323 violates constitutional rights to free speech, freedom of association, and freedom of religion.

Contact your Senator and urge a NO vote on SB 323. 

Find your Senator

 

SB 274 – Redefining Parenthood (Leno)

SB 274 redefines parenthood by allowing a child to have a parent and child relationship with more than 2 parents.  The bill does not thoughtfully consider the numerous areas of law affected by such a redefinition of parenthood.

Contact your Senator and urge a NO vote on SB 274. 

Find your Senator

Action Alert: AB 154 5/7/13

Action Needed!

Urge a NO vote on AB 154, the Abortion Expansion Bill

AB 154, the bill to allow nurses, midwives and PA’s to perform abortions will be heard 5/15/2013  9 a.m. – State Capitol, Room 4202  in Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Proponents of the bill claimed there is a necessity to expand access to abortions and that allowing non-physicians to perform abortions, women will not have to travel from rural communities to have abortions.

AB 154 is not safe for women’s health. This law would put women’s health at risk by allowing non-physicians to perform abortions.

Read AB 154

Votes for AB 154 in Assembly Health Committee

We urge you to contact the committee members listed below and ask them to vote “NO” on AB 154.

Assembly Appropriations Committee

Assemblyman Mike Gatto (Chair)
916-319-2043 Fax: 916-319-2143

Assemblywoman Diane Harkey (Vice Chair)
916-319-2073 Fax: 916-319-2173

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow
916-319-2005 Fax: 916-319-2105

Assemblyman Paul Bocanegra
916-319-2039 Fax: 916-319-2139

Assemblyman Steven Bradford
916-319-2062 Fax: 916-319-2162

Assemblyman Ian Calderon
916-319-2057 Fax: 916-319-2157

Assemblywoman Nora Campos
916-319-2027 Fax: 916-319-2127

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly
916-319-2033 Fax: 916-319-2133

Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman
916-319-2013 Fax: 916-319-2113

Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez
916-319-2051 Fax: 916-319-2151

Assemblyman Isadore Hall III
916-319-2064 Fax: 916-319-2164

Assemblyman Chris Holden
916-319-2041 Fax: 916-319-2141

Assemblyman Eric Linder
916-319-2060 Fax: 916-319-2160

Assemblyman Richard Pan
916-319-2009 Fax: 916-319-2109

Assemblyman Bill Quirk
916-319-2020 Fax: 916-319-2120

Assemblyman Donald Wagner
916-319-2068 Fax: 916-319-2168

Assemblywoman Shirley N. Weber
916-319-2666 Fax: 916-319-2179

Action Alert: SB 323 & AB 1266 5/1/13

Action Needed!

Urge a NO vote on SB 323 and AB 1266

SB 323 and AB 1266 are both on their house floor and could be heard as early as tomorrow.

SB 323 – Attack on Religious Liberties and Non-Profits (Lara)

SB 323 seeks to use the coercive power of government to impose tax penalties non-profit youth organizations such as the Boy Scouts, and including private schools that don’t share their beliefs on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues. We know that the majority of Scouts and their families do not want a radical special interest group along with a few legislators to abuse their power by bullying the Boy Scouts into complying with their demands.

This bill poses an unprecedented intrusion by the government by prohibiting institutions from adhering to their most deeply held beliefs about what is appropriate conduct when making management decisions and in fulfilling the institution’s purpose.

SB 323 violates constitutional rights to free speech, freedom of association, and freedom of religion.

This bill will be voted on by the Senate as early as tomorrow 5/2/2013.

We urge you to contact your senator today and ask them to vote “NO” on SB 323!

AB 1266 – Forced Co-Ed Locker Rooms (Ammiano)

AB 1266 mandates that students in K-12 public schools be permitted to participate in sex-segregated sports, programs, activities and facilities of their choosing, irrespective of their gender and according to their own gender identity. Gender identity is a person’s private sense of, and subjective experience of, their own gender regardless of their biological gender at birth.

This bill will be voted on by the Assembly as early as tomorrow 5/2/2013.

We urge you to contact your assemblymember today and ask them to vote “NO” on AB 1266.

Action Alert: SB 323 4/29/13

Action Needed!

Urge a NO vote on SB 323 Attack on Religious Freedom and Non-Profits

SB 323 seeks to revoke the tax-exempt status of all non-profit youth sports and civic organizations,including private schools, if the organizations do not hire, allow as leaders, persons whose sexual conduct is against the tenets of such institutions.

This bill poses an unprecedented intrusion by the government by prohibiting institutions from adhering to their most deeply held beliefs about what is approp
riate conduct when making management decisions and in fulfilling the institution’s purpose.

SB 323 violates constitutional rights to free speech, freedom of association, and freedom of religion.

This bill will be voted on by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday 4/29/2013.

We urge you to contact the committee members listed below and ask them to vote “NO” on SB 323!

Senate Appropriations Committee

Senator Mimi Walters
916-651-4037 Fax: 916-445-9754

Senator Ted Gaines
916-651-4001 Fax: 916-324-2680

Senator Jerry Hill
916-651-4013 Fax: 916-324-0283

Senator Alex Padilla
916-651-4020 Fax: 916-324-6645

Senator Darrell Steinberg
916-651-4006 Fax: 916-323-2263

Action Alert: AB 154 4/22/13

Action Needed!

Urge a NO vote on AB 154
Expansion of Abortion

AB 154 expands abortion allowing nurses and midwives to perform this procedure. Your voice in opposition to this bill is critical. AB 154 is not safe for women’s health. This law would put women’s health at risk by allowing non-physicians to perform abortions. Abortion is not a “critical public health issue” necessitating government intervention as proponents claim.

Read AB 154

This bill will be voted on by the Assembly Committee on Health, Tuesday, 4/23/2013.

We urge you to contact the committee members listed below and ask them to vote “NO” on AB 154.

Assembly Health Committee

Assemblymember Richard Pan (Chair)
916-319-2009 Fax: 916-319-2109

Assemblymember Dan Logue (Vice Chair)
916-319-2003 Fax: 916-319-2103

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano
916-319-2017 Fax: 916-319-2117

Assemblymember Toni Atkins
916-319-2078 Fax: 916-319-2178

Assemblymember Susan Bonilla
916-319-2014 Fax: 916-319-2114

Assemblymember Rob Bonta
916-319-2018 Fax: 916-319-2118

Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro
916-319-2002 Fax: 916-319-2102

Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez
916-319-2051 Fax: 916-319-2151

Assemblymember Roger Hernández
916-319-2048 Fax: 916-319-2148

Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal
916-319-2070 Fax: 916-319-2170

Assemblymember Brian Maienschein
916-319-2077 Fax: 916-319-2177

Assemblymember Allan Mansoor
916-319-2074 Fax: 916-319-2174

Assemblymember Holly Mitchell
916-319-2054 Fax: 916-319-2154

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian
916-319-2046 Fax: 916-319-2146

Assemblymember Brian Nestande
916-319-2042 Fax: 916-319-2142

Assemblymember V. Manuel
916-319-2056 Fax: 916-319-2156

Assemblymember Donald Wagner
916-319-2068 Fax: 916-319-2168

Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski
916-319-2025 Fax: 916-319-2125

Assemblymember Scott Wilk
916-319-2038 Fax: 916-319-2138

Action Alert: AB 1266 4/15/13

Action Needed!

Urge a NO vote on AB 1266 Forced Co-Ed Locker Rooms

AB 1266 requires that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs, activities, and facilities, including athletic teams and competitions, consistent with his or her gender identity. Gender identity refers to a person’s private sense of his or her own gender. For example, if a female considers herself a male and is most comfortable referring to her personal gender in masculine terms, then her gender identity is male. Any student would be permitted to participate on male or female sports teams and access any bathroom or locker room of their choosing simply on the assertion that they identify themselves as a male or a female.

This bill will be voted on by the Assembly Committee on Education on Wednesday, 4/17/2013.

We urge you to contact your the committee members listed below and ask them to vote “NO” on AB 1266.

Read AB 1266

Assembly Education Committee

Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (Chair)
916-319-2016 Fax: 916-319-2116

Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (Vice Chair)
916-319-2012 Fax: 916-319-2112

Assemblymember Nora Campos
916-319-2027 Fax: 916-319-2127

Assemblymember Rocky Chávez
916-319-2076 Fax: 916-319-2176

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian
916-319-2046 Fax: 916-319-2146

Assemblymember Shirley Weber
916-319-2666 Fax: 916-319-2179

Assemblymember Das Williams
916-319-2035 Fax: 916-319-2135