Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: April 14, 2014
Sen. AJ Griffin
Senate approves ‘Parents Bill of Rights’
The full Senate has given unanimous approval to a
measure aimed at protecting the rights of parents to decide how
best to raise their children. House Bill 1384, by Sen. AJ
Griffin, R-Guthrie, and Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, is
also known as the “Parents Bill of Rights.”
“The family is the most basic unit of society,” Griffin
said. “This bill simply clarifies that parents have the fundamental
right to decide how to raise their children, and that includes the
right to make decisions about their education, their religious training,
and their medical and mental health care.”
Griffin said a recent case in Boston was but one example of attempts
to erode parental rights in this country. When parents disagreed
with a hospital’s decision to treat their daughter as mentally
ill instead of treating her for a physical illness as diagnosed
by a reputable physician, the hospital asked the state to terminate
the parents’ rights. The court sided with the hospital.
Griffin called that decision shocking, but noted there have been
other cases throughout the country that represent an attempt by
courts or governmental officials to deny basic parental rights.
“This legislation bolsters the fundamental right of Oklahoma
parents to decide how to raise their children,” Griffin said.
The Senate voted Monday 43-0 in favor of HB 1384. The bill now will
return to the House for approval of amendments.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Griffin: (405) 521-5628