HB711, the parental rights bill, was discussed in the NC House Judiciary C Subcommittee today. A vote on the bill has been postponed. Leanne Winner, a longtime lobbyist for the NC School Boards Association, was there to present heavy opposition to the bill.
I am quite perplexed as to why the School Board Association would oppose parental rights. You would think that the NC School Boards Association would be doing everything possible to support parents. Based on an internet search on Leanne Winner, I became aware that Leslie J. Winner is Leanne Winner’s aunt. Interesting to note that Leslie J. Winner is executive director of Z. Smith Reynolds, the financial organization that supports a lot of BluePrint NC activity. I cannot help but wonder what kind of influence the shady network of BluePrint NC is having over this opposition.
When addressing issues of parenting, there are always different lifestyles and approaches to child rearing. Still, there is a common thread that binds us. All responsible parents want the freedom to direct the upbringing and care of their children. It is clearly a non-partisan issue. A Zogby poll from 2010 showed 92.4 per cent Democrats, 97.5 Republicans and 90.8 independents support the “right to make decisions for their children without government interference unless there is proof of abuse or neglect”.
One representative today asked several questions which centered on whether or not parents would use this bill to wield their authority in a way that was coercive or abusive. It is easy to answer this question when you realize that having a fundamental right does not give a person the freedom to do whatever they want. HB711 will not give parents the freedom to abuse or neglect a child. Laws are already in place to protect children and these laws continue to apply.
What HB711 will do is require our state to meet a standard that proves a “governmental interest as applied to the person is of the highest order and not otherwise served”. This means that unless there is any present or immediate danger, or evidence of abuse or neglect, the fundamental right of the parents to direct the healthcare, education and upbringing of their children must be honored. Don’t you think this is exactly the type of legislation that Sammy’s parents in California wished was in place in their state?
Even though the parental rights bill did not receive a vote today, we are hopeful that it will come up for a vote soon. Please call your NC representative and tell them you are in support of HB711, the parental rights bill. Call your local school board member and ask them why the NC School Boards Association is opposing parental rights. It would be especially helpful to call or email Tim Morgan and Charles Brown. This is the time for our voices to be heard loud and clear.
By: Donna Mauney
Donna is a homeschooling mother of eight children, 5 biological and 3 adopted. She became involved in politics when she started homeschooling, in order to protect her rights as a parent and freedom to homeschool. Since then she has been active in several campaigns on a grassroots level.
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