Karen England, Executive Director
Capitol Resource Institute & Capitol Resource Family Alliance
The most recent assault on parental rights in California is SB 18, a bill by Senator Richard Pan (D – SD 6). Dictating “rights” that the bill states belong to children and youth, a portion of this bill reads, “The right to parents, guardians, or caregivers who act in their best interest.” Another portion, “The right to live in a safe and healthy environment.” And among others, “The right to social and emotional well-being.”
The problem is that these are subjective ideas. Who gets to decide whether or not a parent is acting in the best interest of their child? Does this bill grant that authority to the government? Who decides what a safe environment is? Could a home where parents own firearms be considered unsafe?