California Moves To Subvert Parents Rights

AB499 eliminates parental supervision of children’s sexual health


(Washington, D.C.) — After failing in 2007 to mandate STD vaccinations for all girls entering junior high, the California legislature is now pushing through a bill to remove parental notification for boys and girls as young as 12 who want to be vaccinated with Gardisil® against a few strains of human papilloma virus—at a reported average cost of over $360 per treatment and at 100 percent taxpayer expense. Dr. Diane Harper, a former lead researcher for the controversial vaccine, told CBS in 2009 that serious side effects could prove riskier than the HPV it purports to prevent, and that “young girls and their parents should receive more complete warnings before receiving the vaccine.”

“The known medical risks and controversy demonstrate the true nature of this legislation: Sexual zealots in Californian politics believe that 12-year-old boys and girls are sexual animals that have no need or ability to control their own behavior,” said Paul E. Rondeau, director of communications for American Life League. “The premise is that children will and should have sex regardless of what parents believe is best for their own sons and daughters.”

Hearings on AB499 are expected starting on August 15.  Based on California governor Jerry Brown’s recent signing of another controversial sex-related bill (SB48), he is expected to sign the Gardisil® legislation. SB48 mandated that California teachers have the right to instruct school children on the normalcy of and respect for a homosexual lifestyle without opposing view or interference.  The CDC reports that men who have sex with men (MSM, i.e. male homosexuals and bisexuals) account for 53 percent of all new HIV/AIDS infections, new HIV diagnoses among MSM in the U.S. is more than 44 times that of other men, and that MSM are the only risk group in the U.S. in which new HIV infections are increasing.

“Sexual politics is not about the health of children and families: Sexual revolutionaries grow their careers, manufacturers of so-called sexual preventions and cures like Merck grow their market, and distributors like Planned Parenthood grow their profits,” added Rondeau.

American Life League is sending an Action Alert to all its constituents in California and notifying its 115 national Associates to support the defeat of AB499 and to be on guard for any similar legislation in their own states.

Media inquiries, please contact Paul E. Rondeau at 540.659.4942 or [email protected]
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