“This victory proves that when parents are informed and engaged, they can defeat even the big, well-funded organizations like Planned Parenthood.”
Modesto parents achieved a significant victory for parental rights last night. The Modesto School Board agreed to leave in place a parent-friendly confidential medical services policy. The policy requires students to obtain their parents’ signature before they are allowed to leave campus.
Organizations like Planned Parenthood, who profit from confidential medical services such as abortion or drug counseling, have been intimidating school boards with parent-friendly policies by telling them the law mandates they permit students to leave campus. However, the law clearly states that schools “may” allow students to leave, but are not required to. Parents are still in charge of whether their children leave school campus for medical treatment.
Initially, the Modesto School Board appeared to be kowtowing to the powerful special interests groups. But as soon as parents became aware of the situation, the board realized parents wouldn’t countenance such a violation of their trust in the school district.
CRI’s executive director Karen England was in attendance at the school board meeting last night. “This is a major victory for parents,” commented England. “This victory proves that when parents are informed and engaged, they can defeat even the big, well-funded organizations like Planned Parenthood.”
“Due to the remarkable coordination and cooperation amongst parents, churches, local talk radio, CRI and Pacific Justice Institute, Modesto residents have protected their children from exploitation,” observed England. “The community really pulled together and achieved an important victory for parental rights.”
CRI encourages California parents to make sure their local school district has a parent-friendly confidential medical services policy. If not, call CRI and we will help you ensure your parental rights are protected.