Email, Tweet and Call – Urge Florida Lawmakers to Support Important Parental Rights Legislation
- Across the nation, states are orchestrating coordinated campaigns to remove parental rights. Some states are rolling out legislation to remove religious exemptions to vaccine mandates, while others are adding dangerous language to bills to allow “mature minors” to completely bypass their parents and make their own medical decisions.
- This trend, which removes the rights of parents and gives them to the state, is known as parentectomy. It erodes parental rights while endangering informed consent rights and the sanctity of the parent-child relationship.
- Florida has the opportunity to stop this dangerous trend and reject parentectomy with two bills that were filed simultaneously in the House and Senate: HB 1059 and SB 1634, the Parents’ Bill of Rights. The legislation affirms the natural rights of parents to make decisions on behalf of their children and be an integral part of their growth and development during the most critical and formative years in a child’s life.
- Until a child reaches 18, having a parent in his or her corner is the single most important factor for success. When the state comes between that, the state is no longer acting in the best interest of a child.
- The Florida Parents’ Bill of Rights recognizes the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and healthcare of their minor children. The bill adds a whole new chapter to Florida law defining and protecting parental rights.
- HB 1059 and SB 1634 need continued support in committee so they can ultimately advance to the full legislature. Please click the link below to email and tweet the leadership in both houses along with your elected officials. Let them know how important it is to stand for Florida families by supporting this landmark bill.
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What to Tell Your FLA Legislators
As a Florida parent, I am writing to ask you to please support SB 1634/HB 1059, the Parents’ Bill of Rights. This bill shows that Florida stands for families by affirming the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and healthcare of their minor children.
Until a child reaches 18, having a parent in his or her corner is the single most important factor in that child’s success. Making family legislation a priority demonstrates that you understand the crucial role that parents play in their children’s day-to-day lives — and value the fact that families are the heart of our state. History tells us time and again: as the family goes, so goes the nation.
U.S. Supreme Court precedent makes parental rights paramount to all other interests. This bill upholds that precedent and promotes strong family values by encouraging clear communication — and access to information — within the nuclear family. It also keeps the family integral in navigating a child’s life by prohibiting the state and all other interests (political and otherwise) from infringing on parental rights without demonstrating an urgent and compelling need. Provisions like these provide important protections while encouraging family involvement and guidance during the most critical and formative years in a child’s life.
The bill also requires each district school board — in consultation with parents, teachers, and administrators — to develop and adopt a policy to promote parental involvement in the public school system. Lastly, the bill establishes that parents have the right to make healthcare decisions for their children and prohibits certain healthcare procedures from being administered without parental consent.
Parents, as the ultimate stakeholders, are the most invested in — and must continue to direct the decisions that determine — a child’s health and wellbeing. Please stand for Florida families and affirm the inherent freedoms that define who we are as Americans and as parents.
Please vote yes to SB 1634/HB 1059. Thank you in advance for your consideration.