URGENT: Tell Congress to Strike Down D.C. Law That Removes Parents from a Child’s Healthcare

Parents, not the state, should be directing children’s healthcare decisions.

Our Stand

  • One of the most egregious minor consent bills to ever surface in this country, B23-0171, became D.C. law on December 23, 2020. The measure, which received widespread opposition from advocates nationwide, makes it possible for 11 year olds to be vaccinated behind their parents’ backs. This dangerously misguided law includes provisions to ensure that parents never find out their child got vaccinated by requiring insurance companies, vaccine administrators and schools to conceal the vaccination(s) from parents. This effectively prevents parents from ever knowing their child’s complete medical history.
  • Medical and legal experts say the D.C. minor consent law is predatory, racist and destructive to children and families everywhere. That’s why we’re asking for your immediate help to overturn it! (Keep reading; helping is easy.)
  • Before the minor consent law goes into effect, it has to undergo a 30-day congressional review period per the District of Columbia Home Rule Act. The act makes it possible for Congress to overturn the law, although this has only been done successfully a handful of times in history. As such, we are urging all U.S. advocates to support a congressional resolution that’s been filed to strike down the D.C. minor consent law. If we don’t stop this bad law in our nation’s capital, it could easily become law in your state!
  • The D.C. minor consent law is a bad law. In addition to putting children in potential physical danger, it breaks multiple federal laws, instructs healthcare providers to engage in criminal misconduct by falsifying medical records, and targets disadvantaged inner-city minorities by paving the way for them to be “groomed” for medical interventions that their parents (and possibly even their own doctors) will never know about. Most of all, it erodes the parent-child relationship by interfering in a family’s personal matters and encouraging kids to keep secrets from their parents. This, experts say, lays the foundation for a relationship filled with fear, paranoia and mistrust. Allowing minor children to consent to vaccination is dangerous because children don’t have the emotional maturity or intellectual capacity to make important medical decisions. Additionally, by removing parents from their child’s healthcare decisions, it forces young pre-teens and teens to make complex choices without the advice or support of those who know and care for them best — their parents. 
  • The pharmaceutical industry and medical lobbying groups are hard at work redefining the parent-child relationship and influencing lawmakers and public officials to give ultimate healthcare decision-making authority to the state. However, there is no justification for the state to eliminate a parent’s legal and moral right to make an informed decision about vaccination on behalf of their minor child, especially when doctors and other vaccine providers have no liability or accountability for what happens to the child after vaccination.
  • The D.C. minor consent law needs to be overturned immediately! We are asking people from all over the country to take action NOW so that this predatory law in our nation’s capitol is abolished and won’t set precedent for other states to follow! Taking action is easy. Simply click below to send a pre-drafted (and customizable) email and tweet to your federal officials urging them to support the congressional resolution to strike down the D.C. minor consent bill! Remember: No one knows children like their parents do, and coming between families will have devastating, long-lasting effects — both physical and psychological.

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Why Congress Needs to Overturn the D.C. Minor Consent Law - A blog excerpt from ParentalRights.org

In preparation for the new COVID vaccines, D.C. passed a law on December 23 that puts 11-year-olds in the position to grant legal consent for vaccines, over the wishes of their parents. Even worse, the dangerously misguided law adds provisions to see to it parents never find out their child got the vaccination.

Think about it.

The law actually ensures that a parent will not know their child’s full medical history.

The medical provider who supplies the vaccine is prohibited from noting it on your child’s regular medical record, even if he or she is not your child’s regular physician. This means your child’s doctor will be as in the dark as you are.

Record of the vaccination will instead be forwarded to your child’s school, where they will keep it on file — but not in any of the records that they share with you. The insurance company billed for the expense is even prohibited from providing an Explanation of Benefits (or EOB) to the insured, who presumably would be the parent. 


Dangerous for Children

Now, ParentalRights.org doesn’t hold a specific position on the safety or efficacy of vaccines. But that doesn’t even matter in this case.

Every one of us should be deeply concerned by a law that cuts parents out of their child’s medical decision so that the parents — and even the child’s family physician — are completely blind to what has happened to their child, even after the fact.

We saw some bills in 2020 that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to override their parents’ decisions if they want to get one or two particular vaccines their parents don’t agree with. But this law is so far beyond even that threat to family privacy and parents’ rights.

Not only does this law drop the age from a 16-year-old potential driver to an 11-year-old elementary school student, it also puts the pressure of a decision on that child for any and every vaccine of which the parent disapproves.

No child should be put in the position of being asked by adults to go directly against a choice that their parent has already made to protect them.

There are other problems with the law, too, like whether its provisions to hide the [vaccines] violate the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or other federal laws. But we don’t need to wander into the weeds there, either.

The simple fact is, this law removes parents from their child’s healthcare to an unprecedented degree, leaving formative young pre-teens to muddle through on their own without the support or guidance of those who know them (and their family medical history) and love them best.

And, even more disturbing, it will set a precedent that we know other states will follow. Because if D.C. can get away with it, well-intentioned (or perhaps well-funded) lawmakers in other states will want to get away with it, too.

But all is not lost yet.


Our Fight in Congress

We have one final legislative chance to stop this law.

When a D.C. bill is [passed], it also goes to Congress, where it sits for a review period of 30 legislative days — a review period during which Congress can pass a joint resolution to veto it. If Congress passes such a resolution and the president signs it, the new D.C. law is repealed.

And that is where this nightmare provision stands today. It is time for this battle to be waged in Congress.

It’s a battle for our children’s safety that we cannot afford to lose.

That’s why ParentalRights.org has already been talking with members of the U.S. House and Senate, planning who will file the veto resolution and when. We are working on securing bipartisan support, especially in the House, to get the resolution through both chambers quickly.

We only have 30 legislative days to work with, so we can’t move at Congress’s normal, snail-slow pace. We jumped on this just as soon as it cleared the mayor’s office, and we’re expecting a bill number at any hour.

It’s an urgent and vital need. And it’s not the only challenge facing us in 2021.


There’s More Going On 

Lawmakers all over the country are convening for their next legislative sessions. As they do, we will see another onslaught of bills like we did in 2020 — bills that would threaten your parental rights.

We will see bills that want to redefine “abuse” to include disagreeing with the political viewpoint adopted by your state.

We will see bills that limit, not the methods, but the aims of psychological and gender identity care you and your child can seek together. (Thankfully, a 2–1 decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Otto v. City of Boca Raton could help reduce the number of these bills.)

We will see more bills, like this one from D.C., that would make children of younger and younger ages responsible for their own mental health, vaccine, or other healthcare decisions if the state doesn’t like the choice parents already made.

Those bills give no reciprocating freedom to a child who disagrees with the state and their parents, only those who disagree with their parents. Because the aim is not to give children more freedom, but to strip them of their parents’ guidance so the child can be swayed to do the state’s bidding.

And that’s exactly why parents are so important.


Knowing What Matters

While government bureaucrats just want to get the children to do what the state thinks is best, you and I know that parents will naturally decide and act based on what is best for their child’s individual needs.

The belief you hold, that a parent’s natural desire is to care for their child, is why there will also be bills introduced in 2021 to preserve the vital parent-child relationship we hold so dear.

We’re already preparing to stand with lawmakers to bring a parents’ bill of rights in Florida. (We will be working closely with lawmakers and volunteers in Indiana, too, but that bill may not be introduced until 2022. Stay tuned and I’ll let you know.)

And we’ll be working alongside volunteers and lawmakers in as many as a dozen states to provide due process to parents before their name goes on a child abuse registry.


Michael Ramey
Executive Director
Note: Stand for Health Freedom extends its sincere appreciation to ParentalRigts.org for its diligent efforts to fight B23-0171 and the D.C. minor consent law. For more information on this nonprofit and its mission to preserve parental rights, visit https://parentalrights.org.

Hear from experts on the dangers of removing parents from their children’s healthcare decisions:

An interview with world-renowned psychiatrist and medical ethicist Peter Breggin

Leah Wilson interviews pediatrician Paul Thomas, MD

Read our white paper on the totalitarian agenda being pushed through to override parental rights.

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