May 24, 2001

Hold that Baby! Have You Taken Your Parenting Class Yet?

Congratulations! You are a proud new parent, having just given birth to a healthy infant. However, when the doctor comes in to see if you're ready to go home, he starts quizzing you about whether you have taken any training classes on child rearing. Finding that you have not, he solemnly tells you that he will not release you and your child from the hospital until he is satisfied that you have the ability and knowledge to care for your child. Not only that, he will be sending a nurse to your home within two days after you get home, who will assess your environment to ensure that it is adequate for an infant, including making sure that there are no handguns in the home.

Not possible? Sound too Orwellian for 21st Century America? Guess again.

California Senate Bill 765, sponsored by Senator Wes Chesbro (D-02), would require all community child health program standards to be based on the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

While this sounds harmless, this group of doctors advocates a radical agenda:

  1. They insist on "postnatal home visitation."

  2. They are working toward the "elimination of corporal punishment as a recommended form of child discipline in all settings."

  3. They want "reduced availability or elimination of handguns in all communities."

  4. They argue for elimination of religious exemption laws guaranteeing parents' right to choose what medical care their children will receive.

Home School Legal Defense Association, Family Protection Ministries, and the Christian Home Educators Association of California are strongly opposed to S.B. 765, which would give the American Academy of Pediatrics' policies the force of law. In the near future, we will all be urging our members to call their senators to oppose this bill.

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More information on Senate Bill 765: Establishing New Standards for Children's Health