Governor Deal: Please Veto H.B. 1058
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, April 29, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Last month I explained that, once again, parents are losing control over their own children and reminded you of the specific time that became SO obvious in Georgia.
In the late 1960s parents should’ve said, “No, you have no right to tell my kids it’s okay to have sex before marriage. You have no right to treat MY children for diseases without MY knowledge and you have NO right to declare MY children emancipated if they become sexually active. MY children are NOT your children and NO government agency will protect MY children like I will.”
If that sounds over the top to you, I’m sorry, but that’s exactly what parents should have said when the Georgia General Assembly passed the Family Planning Act 50 years ago. But, let me back up and say this. The Georgia General Assembly should NEVER have passed a law allowing government agencies to, arbitrarily, consider sexually active children to be emancipated. Because indulging in sexual activity does NOT mean a child is mature and self-supporting. It, simply, means the child is on the wrong track. You would think what’s happened since the law passed 50 years ago would be a lesson learned, but not so, and here we go again.
H.B. 1058 passed on March 22nd, but now, I’m asking Governor Deal to veto it. Continue reading
Governor: Please Veto H.B. 1058 AIDS and Minors
It tramples parental authority!
Physicians are not required to notify parents if their child has AIDS.
AIDS: Facts in Georgia
Georgia’s total of 2,664 new HIV diagnoses in 2013 was fifth highest in the nation.
In 2013 Georgia had 1,219 diagnoses of HIV Stage 3, which is AIDS.
Of the 1,219 AIDS cases, 21% had never been tested; 80% were male; 20% were female.
The highest number of new HIV diagnoses in Georgia during 2013 occurred among males age 20-29.
Of males age 13 and older diagnosed with HIV, 72% occurred with male-to-male contact.
Of females age 13 and older diagnosed with HIV, 78% occurred in opposite-sex contacts.
– Georgia Department of Public Health, HIV Surveillance Summary, Georgia 2013
H.B. 1058 Venereal Disease and HIV/AIDS by Representative Betty Price amends laws on (a) HIV tests for pregnant women, (b) minor’s consent to medical care and surgery, (c) AIDS and HIV counseling, (d) HIV tests for minors, and (e) parental notification of AIDS-infected child.
Section 1, concerning testing of expectant mothers, changes words without changing the intent of current law, while adding that pregnant women will have an opportunity to refuse HIV tests.
Section 2 begins by quoting current state law that authorizes minors to personally consent to medical or surgical care or services by a physician, when the minor “professes to be afflicted with a venereal disease,” i.e. syphilis, gonorrhea, or chancroid.
H.B. 1058 adds HIV and HIV diagnosis to the list of venereal diseases for which minors can give consent for confidential medical or surgical care or services, without parental notification.
Section 3 removes the requirement for the Department of Public Health (DPH) to develop supplemental AIDS and HIV data brochures to provide patients counseled for AIDS and HIV.
Section 4 deletes current law (a) that provides patients the opportunity to refuse HIV testing. Also, (b) patients no longer control whether negative test results remain in their medical record.
Section 5 is a legislated, premeditated, deliberate, egregious affront to parents.
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Foreign Law or U.S. Law
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, April 22, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Please answer this question: Would you rather be judged by laws passed in the United States or by laws used in foreign countries? Your answer is important, because it’s been an issue in several states, including Georgia, for several years, and still hasn’t been settled in Georgia!
In 2011 almost 20 states, including Georgia, had legislation banning the use of foreign law in their judicial systems. Since then, ten states passed their bills into law, but during the same five years, the Georgia legislature refused to mandate exclusive use of U.S. and Georgia law in court cases.
Currently, twenty-two states have almost-passed American Laws for American Courts (ALAC), or may be considering it. Georgia is one of those 22 states. Georgia’s bill introduced in 2011 had two sections – a prohibition against the use of foreign law and another section allowing trial venues to be moved into local counties. That bill died in committee. Continue reading
340 Sanctuary “Cities”
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, April 15, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Under local and federal laws, if you and I interfere with the capture of fugitives or conceal their location or conspire to break the law, we could be charged with aiding and abetting criminals or obstructing justice or conspiring to break the law. We, certainly, would NOT be getting government grants for sheltering proven criminals.
The sheltering system I’m talking about is the decades-old system of “sanctuary cities.” They may be cities or counties or local governments that shield illegal aliens from federal immigration laws, and refuse to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
Proponents of sanctuary cities claim they protect immigrant rights, but illegal aliens are not immigrants. An immigrant is a person who enters the U.S. legally, maintains legal presence and does not overstay a visa. Illegal aliens are those who enter the U.S. illegally or do not leave when their visa expires.
Congress passed a law against illegal sanctuary in 1996. That federal law requires local governments to cooperate with ICE agents. But counties and communities that disagree with the law continue to adopt “sanctuary” policies that shield illegal aliens. Currently, illegal alien offenders are being sheltered in 340 locations across America. Continue reading