What Are ‘Parental Rights’?
The relationship between the parent and child is a fundamental building block of society. As we teach and guide our children, we are investing in the future of our family and the nation. The job we do today will be reflected in the quality of life our children enjoy tomorrow.
That is why our rights as parents are so important to understand. We know that we have the right to bear arms and most of us would defend that right with our lives. We have the right to privacy, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of association. But what about the right to raise our children as we see fit? What about our right to make medical decisions for our kids without interference by the government, DHS, or doctors we disagree with? What about the right to decide that our children are not ready for certain controversial lessons at school and to request that our child be exempted from those lessons?
In a lot of states, your ability to make those choices without restriction is limited. But, in Oklahoma, we are very fortunate because those rights are codified into state law and therefore protected. The Parent’s Bill of Rights secures these rights for every parent, trusting parents to know what is best for their children.
As a parent, you are in the best position to know what is best for your children. By knowing your rights and exercising them, you ensure that decisions made regarding your kids are made by you, not a bureaucrat, doctor or social worker.
And that protects your children.
I hope to blog at least weekly on topics to educate parents about their rights. I will be discussing the law and how it affects us and when legislation is pending that affects Parental Rights. I will keep you informed so you can help protect your fundamental parental rights. If you have any comments or would like more information feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oklahoma State Director for Parentalrights.org