Federal Legislation
January 27, 2012

S. 1800—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:
S. 1800 will prohibit federal funding for universal or mandatory mental health screenings.

Status:

11/3/2011 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Sponsor: Senator Rand Paul (KY)

Bill Summary—S. 1800

HSLDA’s Position:
Support

Background:
S. 1800 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 regarding their child’s health.

S. 1800 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.