SB 18: Kill It With Fire

ATTENTION CALIFORNIANS! The man who brought you mandatory vaccination with SB277 is now proposing SB 18, a “Child’s Bill of Rights.” If you read it, you will find that this vague and broad bill states that children have:
** The right to opportunities to attain optimal cognitive, physical, and social development.
** The right to appropriate, quality education and life skills leading to self-sufficiency in adulthood.
** The right to appropriate, quality health care.

Who decides what “opportunities to attain optimal cognitive, physical, and social development” and “appropriate, quality education” are? Clearly, this targets homeschoolers.

Who decides what “appropriate, quality healthcare” is? This man already believes in forced vaccination, what else does he want to mandate for your children? It’s not such a far leap to mandatory behavioral meds.

The bill is a statement of intent to “establish a comprehensive framework that governs the rights of all children and youth in California, outlines the research-based essential needs of California’s children, and establishes standards relating to the health, safety, well-being, early childhood and educational opportunities, and familial supports necessary for all children to succeed.”

To what research does the bill refer? Pan has mentioned James Heckman, who sees preschool as a return on investment. It’s fairly clear that Pan finds medical research, paid for by his supporters in the pharmaceutical industry, compelling as well. Research and politicians can be far too easily bought.

And what familial supports will the government accept? Other states have passed grandparents’ rights laws, allowing grandparents visitation even over parents’ objections. Your abusive mother or alcoholic father could have access to your kids over your protest. And although California is fairly LGBT-friendly at the moment, what could the future bring, given the changing political climate?

In addition to homeschooling and not vaccinating according to the CDC schedule, there are any number of decisions a parent might make or situations that may exist with which the state may not agree:

  • Home births
  • VBACs
  • Extended breastfeeding
  • Attachment parenting
  • Formula feeding without a state-validated reason
  • Owning guns
  • Not speaking English
  • Single parenting
  • Co-parenting with friends or other family members
  • Allowing your child to wear particular clothes or jewelry, or dye or cut his or her hair in a particular way
  • Choosing alternative medicine
  • Religious traditions
  • Underage parenting
  • Parenting with a disability
SB 18 is a vague, overly broad bill that attempts to codify every child’s education, health, and family situation for the betterment of the state. That is, the state wants to dictate how people parent their children.

Let’s not forget that children already have rights under the United States Constitution. California’s children don’t need the state to interfere in their parents’ choices under the guise of extending rights to them.

Yes, children have rights, but not at the expense of parental rights. We’ve already seen Pan strip away parental rights in one very important area of life. Now, he’s gunning for all of them.

Call your state senator. Phone calls are best. Then, write them real letters, handwritten or typed. Email messages are the least impressive, but if that’s all you have time for, they’re better than nothing.

Tell your friends and family members. This is not a law California’s children need. In fact, it could hurt a lot of kids. About 60,000 Californian children are in foster care. About 100 children are taken into foster care each day. Kids in foster care are not doing really well. The state sucks at parenting. Yet SB 18 essentially ensures that more children will be taken from their parents and fall prey to the system.

Here are some memes created by a member of the Facebook group SB 18 – CA Children’s Bill of Rights Takedown. She didn’t want credit, but did give me permission to share. You share too. We weren’t able to kill SB 277. Let’s not let history repeat itself.


While we may not all agree on the right way to raise kids, we can all agree that we should have the right to raise kids in our own way.

While we may not all agree on the right way to raise kids, we can all agree that we should have the right to raise kids in our own way. How can someone who has never met my child know better than me what's best for her

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