Parental authority being eviscerated by the state

When Michigan mother Christine Duffy brought her 17-year-old daughter into her physician’s office for a minor foot injury, she was told that a new medical access law required a nurse to have a “private” conversation with her child, another example of how parental authority is being eviscerated by the state.

Duffy’s experience is best explained in her own words;

I was there last week for an appointment for Amy. She hurt her foot, which makes dancing difficult, so we had to get that checked out. Amy is 17; I asked if this policy was in effect and if so, how could I opt out. The receptionist told me it’s a new law and there is no opting out. Working to keep my cool, I said, “I’m sure there is.” She said, “No, there isn’t.” At which point I asked if I needed to leave and go to the urgent care center because I was not submitting my daughter to such a conversation.

That did not go over well

The receptionist closed the window. Almost immediately, the office manager turned the corner and said, “Mrs. Duffy, may I speak with you?”

She said there was a new policy that would allow a child to access his/her medical records online and the child would be allowed to block a parent from viewing the website. The nurse would also inform my children that the doctor’s office is a safe place for them to receive information about STDs, HIV and birth control. That is what the nurse would be chatting about with my children without any pesky parental oversight.

I kindly informed her that no one would be talking with my children privately, and I needed to know how to opt out of this policy before bringing Amy back for her physical next month. (Yay for physicals! Amy is so excited.)

By this time, the doctor was ready to see Amy so I had to cut the conversation short because I was not letting my girl out of my eyesight or earshot. Not when it was clear that these people were angling to undermine my parental authority.

Does that sound a bit dramatic to you? It shouldn’t. Because that is exactly what they are trying to do.

Duffy went on to assert her right as a parent to decide what her daughter should be told about sex or birth control. She also cited the potential of teenage boys being given condoms by doctors in defiance of parental encouragement to abstain from having sex before marriage.

In addition to the conversation about birth control and STDs, previous examples have taught us that nurses sometimes quiz children about domestic abuse, to the point where an accident or an incident where the child was spanked can escalate into a full blown CPS investigation.

This case highlights how the state, primarily via the schooling system and health care, is moving aggressively to curtail parental authority and set the precedent that the government is responsible for protecting children from their own parents.

“We are living in a new America, one in which officials and their subordinates will stop at nothing to control every aspect of our lives, as well as those of our children,” writes Mac Slavo, adding, “With tens of thousands of laws on the books and more coming, it is only a matter of time before the government will have given themselves permission to do whatever they like with you… and your children.”

Last month we reported on how EMS workers told a mother who homeschooled her children that they were “agents of the state,” before proceeding to conduct an inspection of her home.

The increasing effort to characterize children as property of the state was perhaps best emphasized in a recent MSNBC promotional video which featured host Melissa Harris-Perry decrying the “private notion of children” and that “kids belong to their parents or their families” in favor of a “collective notion” that “kids belong to whole communities.”

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  1. Andrew Marcell says:

    to scareyeducatedatheist ; you may be educated but you are not scary .You have no understanding of atheism . Like most atheists you actually think your opinions matter to anyone
    but yourself. Christians are not crazed psychopaths. Your link to those who are in need displays your ignorance of our Social Welfare Programs .FYI food stamps are about $170 a person and maybe $50 per others in the households per month welfare is about $475 to $500 a month. This is mere subsistence level living.Way below poverty.
    The trap is that if a person on assistance lands a job they are immediately cut off from any help they were getting. The transition is made very difficult. Church groups will help but they are not really enough.
    I know of no Atheist groups who help anyone. They seem to be out only for themselves.
    Sorry scary but you are the ranting evil psycho who thinks you are God.

  2. Robb says:

    Simple solution. All parents say what this lady said “fuck you”. And go somewhere else. Lose business, lose money, law retracted.

  3. obama needs to get his face out of peoples lives.He needs to be in
    mental hospltol ,in a straight jacket.No obama or insurace co,or dr. belongs in the business od talking to children without parents with them.This man,obama keeps pushing the envelope with his mentalillness of never having enough power over people,and these Dr. need to start runn7ng their own practice ans s rew obama.

  4. Andrew Marcell says:

    Did not anyone ever hear of HIPPA ? Your rights under HIPPA to refuse to answer override State laws. Your rights to privacy are clearly spelled out and are protected. Anyone who asks a question you are uncomfortable with can be refused and you still are to be treated by the “health care professional”. Questions not relating to you care are not allowed. If any information is shared without your consent it is a Federal crime with very stiff penalties. This woman should find a lawyer and bring these people to court.

    • obama thnks hippa is a dance.

      • Andrew Marcell says:

        Perhaps but there are real consequences to violation of HIPPA. It is a real pain to learn the condition of loved ones or friends. If medical information is revealed without a warrant duly signed to anyone there is grounds for prosecution and civil damages. Minors; can only be questions in the presence of their guardian or with the permission of the guardian or lawyer. The only exceptions are if there life threatening
        emergencies or if sexual abuse is suspected. The latter case requires an appointed guardian to give consent.Those who ignore this are playing a very dangerous game.

  5. marycrum says:

    Fascism and Communism at work in America. If not stopped, we will all be enslaved.

  6. rkeyo says:

    Welcome to the radical Marxist/fascist Amerika of Obama and the Democrat Party. Are you going to roll over or resist?

  7. 5warveteran says:

    When 323 were killed in 2011 by guns, and 172,000 were killed by Doctors with another 800,000 maimed . . .
    You would not turn your back on a gunman, why then on a doctor?

    Imagine your child alone with a Politician or a Priest for 5 minutes. 323 VS 972,000

    Why would you simply “trust” a doctor” Or a Lawyer for that matter?
    A doctor’s shingle just says he graduated. It does not tell you that he was lowest in his class or he smoked pot through most of his college years. Or that he slept through some of them.

    Recently turning your back on a cop seems to be a very bad idea. I would prefer to see from whom the bullet came.

  8. ALFRED E. NEUMAN says:

    ERIC BLAIR (AKA: George Orwell) was 30 years before his time when he wrote 1984. It has clearly come to pass, this country is a GARBAGE DUMP, loaded with mostly sewage, becoming worse by the day! The only hope is JESUS CHRIST, and when HE does all those who have rejected HIM will by their own hand shuffle off to the LAKE of FIRE and be with SATAN for ETERNITY!

    • scaryeducatedatheist says:

      Christianity is as evil as Obama. Let’s tell a child they’re unworthy and that they’re broken and need to be fixed because they haven’t accepted a sky wizard as their number one imaginary friend. Those are the rantings of a psychopath and they shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near children. Give us money, or burn for eternity. Take the government’s money and live on welfare, or we’ll make it so hard for you to make ends meet sooner or later you won’t have a choice. See the pattern?

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