Maryland: Take action today to protect parental rights

SB566 and HB666 ensure legal protections and public recognition of fundamental parental rights.

Our Stand: At-A-Glance

  • These bills uphold the fundamental rights of parents to direct the upbringing, education, care, and welfare of their children. These rights have been under attack this session in certain proposed legislation. As tax paying citizens, parents have the right to participate in the development and implementation of public school programs and curricula.
  • Parents have the right to direct the education of their children and to refuse any medical treatments or interventions which might be administered in school settings. Parents must retain the right to direct the care of their children in school, including having access to the full content of information to which the children are exposed. They must retain the right to informed consent of any medical treatment or intervention administered, including mental health care.
  • Parents have the highest vested interest in their children’s welfare and thus are best equipped to make decisions for their children regarding their care.
  • The state provides remedies for rare cases in which children are living in circumstances of abuse and neglect. It’s never necessary or appropriate for the state legislature to pass laws that undermine or usurp the authority of all parents, the vast majority of whom provide much better care and decision-making for their children than the state is capable of providing.
  • The Supreme Court ruled in 1979: “Most children, even in adolescence, simply are not able to make sound judgements concerning many decisions, including their need for medical care or treatment. Parents can and must make those judgments.”
  • There will be a hearing for SB566 before the Judicial Proceedings Committee on Wednesday, March 15, at 1 p.m. Please plan to attend and give testimony if you’re able! Learn more here.
  • URGENT: Please ask the committee members to support SB566. This should take you less than five minutes and the protections from this bill will last a lifetime.

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