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‘Parents rights’ bill gains House approval

The Arizona House of Representatives has voted to codify a “parents’ bill of rights” in state law that allows children to be raised without government interference.

Among the rights: Directing the child’s moral and religious training, making health care decisions and removing a child from sex-education classes.

“This bill is about restraining government from intruding into parental rights,” said Rep. Steve Yarbrough, a Chandler Republican and supporter of the bill. He said the goal was to “diminish (the) threat of government over-reaching” by stopping parents from raising their children how they see fit.

But critics said the bill, S1309, could have unintended consequences.

Rep. Ed Ableser, a Tempe Democrat, works as a mental health therapist in schools and said the legislation would restrict him from counseling a student who attempts suicide if the parents do not consent. The bill would allow him to help a student who is in immediate danger of committing suicide, but not after the child unsuccessfully attempts suicide.

“After that kid is taken off the ledge, I’m not allowed to talk to him anymore,” Ableser said. “It would basically handcuff (me) as a therapist if a kid tries to kill himself on school grounds.”

The bill was approved by a 33-24 vote. It faces a final Senate vote before it is sent to the governor.

3 comments

  1. WHY DOE’S DEMOCRAT AND GOVENMENT CONTROL GO HAND IN HAND ??TIME TO GET THEM DEMS OUT OF OUR LIVES SIGN THE BILL AND FIRE ALL OF THEM DEMS NOVEMBERS COMING (GET OUT )

  2. If this passes, kiss ANY money for education from the Feds goodbye. The idiot that sponsored this bill needs to go to http://www.2mminutes.com/about.asp. He will see that it is this kind of garbage that keeps putting education in American at risk and making it impossible for our children to compete in the global economy.

  3. TOP:

    “If this passes, kiss ANY money for education from the Feds goodbye.”

    Texas, Michigan, and Kansas have already passed legislation like this and have no problem receiving federal money for education.

    Top said: “this kind of garbage that keeps putting education in American at risk and making it impossible for our children to compete in the global economy”

    It is really too bad that the government cannot give birth to children of its own. Yet, I would not call attempts to prevent the government from raising my children “garbage”.

    How can you blame legislation like this for a long-standing national problem, when Arizona would only be the fourth state to pass it? Truthfully, the only thing that is hindering our children from competing in “the global economy” is our overfunded public education system. Throw all the money you want at it; a lemon is a lemon. I want to train my children to lead in the global economy, not merely to compete in some frivolous governmental clone warfare.

    Parents should have the right to protect their children by pulling the plug on failed governmental coercion.

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