February 26, 2020

Parental notification

I am very disappointed that Republican Sen. Douglas Smith’s proposed legislation that would require parental consent for schools to give children 14 and under prescription drugs, including birth control pills, was rejected by Democratic legislative leaders. Their excuse was that they didn’t have time to deal with it in such a short session.

Our children are our joy for today and our hope for tomorrow. They are our future. They are more important than our state budget or anything else our legislators have on their agenda. And, furthermore, who is feeding, clothing and taking care of these children but their parents?

Should the state be encouraging our children to keep secrets from their parents? It is the parents who suffer the broken hearts and sleepless nights when their children go astray – perhaps ending up in jail or in prison. What does the state care about them then? Children should be encouraged to talk things over with their parents rather than the opposite which the state is condoning.

If Senate President Beth Edmonds, a Democrat, thinks children are not in a position to talk with their parents for reason of incest, rape, brutality, etc., then something should be done about removing children from these homes.

Lois MacGregor


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