California Further Erodes Parental Rights
by Michael Ramey
Dir. of Communications & Research, ParentalRights.org
This item is a little old, coming from October 11, 2011, but the threat is still real.
In its 1979 Parham decision1 the U.S. Supreme Court held as a foundational principle of American law the “presumption that parents possess what a child lacks in maturity, experience, and capacity for judgment required for making life’s difficult decisions. More importantly, historically [American law] has recognized that natural bonds of affection lead parents to act in the best interest of their children.”
Unfortunately, that respect for parental rights is no longer the standard2 – and it eroded even further this past weekend when California governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB499 allowing children as young as 12 to make their own decisions regarding the Gardasil vaccine.