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:
(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:
Tweet your opposition to this bill at Senator Pan @DrPanMD this bill using the hashtags #CALeg and #SB18.