Informed Choice Maryland has put out a Call to Action to protect parental rights!
On February 7, 2020 Frederick County Delegate Dan Cox (R) introduced legislation to protect parental rights by introducing House Bill 1242 – Family Law – Fundamental Parental Rights.
The bill synopsis: Establishing that a parent has the fundamental right to direct the upbringing, education, care, and welfare of the parent’s child; prohibiting the State or a political subdivision from infringing on a parent’s fundamental right to direct the upbringing, education, care, and welfare of the parent’s child unless the State or political subdivision can demonstrate by clear and convincing evidence certain factors; and providing the Act may not be construed to authorize a parent to cause physical or emotional harm to the parent’s child.
Delegate Cox’s bill is timely. You may recall earlier this year several legislators introduced bills that would give children under the age of 14 the ability to consent to vaccines and other medical procedures. Through parent advocacy and push back, those bills were withdrawn and defeated. We wrote about those bills previously here.
When asked if HB1242 was in response to legislation he was seeing infringing on parental rights, Delegate Cox said, “Yes, in a day when the far left desires to assume state parens patriae powers over children, or remove parents from the decision making process entirely for everything from medical care to education, this bill is one of many state efforts nationwide seeking to strengthen and protect children by empowering parents.”
HB1242 will help protect parental rights in the future. It is scheduled to be heard at 1:00 p.m. on March 5, 2020. Delegate Cox along with the parents and children of Maryland need your support.
If you can testify in person please be in Annapolis early. If you can’t attend in person, e-mail the Judiciary Committee members and urge them to support this very important piece of legislation to protect parental rights. Their e-mail addresses are in the Informed Choice Maryland link provided above.
Written testimony must be submitted by 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning. Written testimony can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on the record.
Your e-mails, phone calls and testimony will give this bill its best chance of passage. Pointers on what to include in your testimony and who else to send it to can be found in the link provided above.
For further information or assistance you can also contact Delegate Dan Cox’s office: 410-841-3288/301-858-3288