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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: April 10, 2023 12:08 PM
From: Representative Marla Brown
To: All House members
Subject: Parental Bill of Rights
In the near future I plan on introducing legislation that will establish a parental bill of rights.  

It is crucial that parents and legal guardians have the ability to determine the upbringing, education, care, and welfare of their children. Currently Pennsylvania does not have a state statute that explicitly lists parental rights as fundamental rights. With the passing of this legislation, Pennsylvania would join 12 other states by recognizing these rights in statute.  

This bill clarifies that the Commonwealth nor any of its political subdivisions have the ability to infringe upon the fundamental rights established within the legislation.

It is important to note that nothing in this legislation will authorize a parent or guardian to engage in conduct that is unlawful, or to abuse or neglect their child in violation of current laws.

Looking at recent events it is evident that there is a need for this type of legislation now more than ever. We have seen parents alienated from decisions that are occurring in the classroom. Parents are constantly judged and labeled when making decisions regarding what they feel is best for their children’s health care. It is time to give the power back to parents and establish that parental rights are fundamental rights.   

This legislation needs to be passed now, so that parents have the legal protections they need when making decisions on how their children should be raised. When it comes to raising their children, parents need to be making the decisions, not the government.

Please consider co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation. 

Introduced as HB932