Federal Legislation
January 26, 2012

H.R. 2769—Parental Consent Act of 2011

Action Requested:
No action is requested at this time. HSLDA will continue to monitor this bill and will send out an e-lert if the bill comes up for a hearing.

Summary:
H.R. 2769 will prohibit federal funding for universal or mandatory mental health screenings.

Status:

9/8/2011 Referred to House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.

Sponsor: Congressman Ron Paul (TX-14)

Bill Summary—H.R. 2769

HSLDA’s Position:
Support

Background:
H.R. 2769 will prohibit mandatory mental health screenings funded by the federal government. There are countless life-threatening reactions children can experience from various medications and HSLDA believes parents, not government officials, are the best persons to make decisions on their child’s health.

H.R. 2769 states, “Universal or mandatory mental health screening violates the right of parents to direct and control the upbringing of their children.” HSLDA strongly supports this legislation in prohibiting a federal takeover of parental responsibility.