Constitutional amendment; fundamental rights of parents (first reference). (HJ574)

Introduced By

Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Williamsburg)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate

Description

Constitutional amendment (1st resolution); fundamental rights of parents. Provides that the right of parents to direct the care, upbringing, and education of their children is a fundamental right that shall not be infringed upon by the Commonwealth without a demonstration that the interest of the Commonwealth is of the highest order and not otherwise served. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
12/19/2012Committee
12/19/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102424D
12/19/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2013Assigned Courts sub: #2 Civil
01/21/2013Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (8-Y 0-N)
01/21/2013Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
01/23/2013Stricken from docket by Courts of Justice

Comments

Sally writes:

Seems like this would greatly endanger the ability of the Commonwealth to protect kids from abuse and neglect. Does not sound like a good idea at all.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

Uh. Yeah. This is an awful, awful idea. Read the text of the actual amendment, it's even worse than you'd think:

The right of parents to direct the care, upbringing, and education of their children is a fundamental right, and this right shall not be infringed upon by the Commonwealth without a demonstration that the interest of the Commonwealth is of the highest order and not otherwise served. Nothing herein shall be construed to apply to a parental action or decision that would end the life of a child.

The only exception is if the parents will kill the child. Cripple? Totally cool. Maim? No problemo. The mind reels.

steve writes:

This appears to be very similar to a Colorado bill that limited education to only that which a parent previously agrees to being done. no conversations, no counselling, nothing at all.

Connie writes:

Unbelievable.As a member of my local DSS Board, I know that there are parents out there who seriously challenge local government's ability to fulfill its mandate: to protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens. This is an outrageous bill.