Idaho Governor Signs Parental Rights Bill into Law

If you are a parent, you should know the contrasting differences between how Democrats and Republicans view your parental rights.

Democrats have been steadily stealing your parental rights away from you with the goal of making your children the property of the government to educate and raise the way they want regardless of your values or religious beliefs.

Democrats support abortion, homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Democrats have been behind institutions like Planned Parenthood who teaches young teens to have sex, take contraception and have abortions, all without parental consent or knowledge. Democrats are the ones behind the socialist public school system that also does its best to undermine parental authority.

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Republicans, although not all, have had the tendency to fight for parental rights along with the values of traditional families. Many of them oppose abortion, funding Planned Parenthood and legalizing same-sex marriages.

Oregon and Washington have Democratic governors. Both states have passed a number of liberal bills that support issues that have negative impacts on families. Oregon recently joined the ranks of states that have stripped parents of their rights to obtain desired therapy to help their sexually confused kids.

Their mutual neighbor, Idaho has a conservative Republican governor who has recently signed a bill to protect the rights of parents. Gov. Butch Otter signed House Bill 113 into law earlier this month. HB 113 reads:


Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:

SECTION 1. That Chapter 10, Title 32, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and designated as Section 32-1010, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:

32-1010. PARENTAL RIGHTS PROTECTED. (1) Parents and legal guardians who have legal custody of minor children have a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the care, custody, education and control of their children.

(2) The legislature hereby codifies these fundamental rights. Parents and legal guardians shall retain the fundamental rights listed in this section regardless of whether they continue to be recognized or articulated as constitutional rights by federal or state courts.

(3) This section’s codification of parents’ and legal guardians’ fundamental rights as now recognized by law shall not be construed to limit any parent or guardian from exercising additional rights under the constitution and laws of the United States or of Idaho.”

The Home School Legal Defense Association commented about the signing of Idaho’s bill to protect parental rights:

“On April 2, Governor Otter signed House Bill 113 into law. This is a tremendous victory for Idaho parents! No longer will they need to rely on the whims of judges, or mere implications from the U.S. or Idaho constitutions. Their rights are now protected in black and white in the law books.”

“You don’t have any more rights now than you did before. But the rights you already have by virtue of being a parent are now far safer. You can rest easy knowing that you won’t wake up one morning to find that a judge with an agenda has downgraded parental rights.”

“We would like to offer a special word of thanks to Representative Janet Trujillo who worked tirelessly for this bill on behalf of families. She is pictured next to the governor (to his own immediate right) in the above photo. Attorney Barry Peters with the Idaho Coalition of Home Educators, whose testimony was crucial in winning Senate support of the bill, is pictured second from the left. Peters also testified, along with HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff, when the bill received a hearing in the house.”

Now let me ask you parents in which state would you rather live – Oregon, Washington or Idaho?

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