Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Parents' rights 

Well, this is what we get when we start interfering with parents' rights. There are BAD parents. We all know that. But that is not the issue here.

As in the episode of grandparents' rights (a social myth), the attempt to screen children for mental health issues without parental consent is another dogooder expedition gone wrong. What does the program supporter find objectionable about asking for parents' permission before screening children?

We have to have a government that respects the rights of parents to make decisions for their children. Of course, we all know of parents who make decisions that we dislike. BUT THAT IS THEIR RIGHT AS A PARENT! Until the parents broach some legal precedent for abuse or neglect, we must respect their rights as parents.

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