HB 1384 is headed back to the Oklahoma House of Representatives after the bill passed the Senate last week by a 43-0 vote.
It’s also known as the “Parents Bill of Rights.”
The proposal is authored by Sen. AJ Griffin, R-Guthrie, and Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City.
“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 a good example of attempts to erode parental rights in this country.
The hospital wanted to treat a girl for mental illness.
The parents wanted to treat their daughter for a physical illness that had been diagnosed by a reputable physician.
The hospital asked the state to terminate the parents’ rights. The court sided with the hospital.
Senator Griffin called that decision shocking.
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“This legislation bolsters the fundamental right of Oklahoma parents to decide how to raise their children,” Griffin said.
Below is a summary of the bill: