1966: Georgia’s Big Leap down the Slippery Slope
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, July 26, 2013 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Years ago, even before I became a “watchman on the wall” at the State Capitol, anti-traditional bills became law and dramatically interfered with parental authority. Seemingly honorable, honest, family-minded legislators passed laws that changed state culture forever. It was 1966 when senators and representatives in the Georgia General Assembly (most of whom had children and grandchildren) passed the Family Planning Act to provide confidential reproductive services for all ages, regardless of marital status. That meant no child is too young to receive services and no agency will inform the child’s parents.
The 1966 Family Planning Act presents a neutral attitude toward reproductive healthcare, with no mention of morality, parental authority and responsibility, or the law’s impact on the family unit or on family unity. In fact, you might have noticed that any sexually active or pregnant female is now identified in the media as a “woman,” though she might be only ten years old.
In Georgia, county boards of health and health districts, as well as pertinent departments of family and children services, train agency personnel to confidentially counsel and interview minors about reproductive health – healthcare/devices/medication/referrals before/during/after sexual activity. So, without parental knowledge or consent, minors may acquire from those agencies whatever medical services/drugs they want … if it concerns sexual activity. Continue reading