A couple of weeks ago we issued an alert against SB 303 in an attempt to fix the situation that allows hospitals and doctors to issue “secret” orders in a patients file to “Do Not Attempt to Resuscitate” (DNAR). While the goal was laudable, it was the clear view of most pro-life organizations and others that the solution was worse that the problem itself. Because of overwhelming opposition to this measure, Chairwoman Kolkhorst killed the bill by not allowing a vote before Saturday at midnight. This is a situation in which those rules worked in our favor.
Some have questioned why THSC got involved in this issue, and others have even said it was not a home school issue at all. Our response is that the foundation of our home school freedom is the fundamental, constitutional right of parents to direct the care, control, and upbringing of their children. Any weakening or violation of that right strikes at the very heart of our home school freedom, and that is the reason we publicly opposed this bill. It would directly undermine the right of parents to make decisions for their children in certain situations where doctors and/or hospitals sought to overrule the parents.
It’s a short step from not allowing parents to make medical decisions for their children to not allowing them to make educational decisions.
Fortunately, the vast majority of the home school community clearly understood the risk and responded in a huge way. The House sponsor of SB 303 even told THSC representatives that doctors were better qualified than parents to make decisions for children in end-of-life situations because parents are “too emotionally involved.” We would never tolerate a policy that gave “educational professionals” instead of parents the right to make educational decisions, nor should we in the area of medical decisions. Home schoolers were seen as a key element of the coalition that killed this bill. Thank you for responding!