East Bay Edition

Proposed 'Bill of Rights for Children' Legislation in CA Raises Questions

Many California families are on high alert after a state legislative notice, SB18, called the “Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in California,” was introduced on December 5 by Sen. Richard Pan, a pro-vaccine pediatrician who also led the charge to mandate childhood vaccinations in California.

According to official text, “This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to expand and codify the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth of California to establish a comprehensive framework that governs the rights of all children and youth in California, outlines the research-based essential needs of California’s children, and establishes standards relating to the health, safety, well-being, early childhood and educational opportunities, and familial supports necessary for all children to succeed.”

Critics of Pan’s proposed legislation are wary of its vague language and missing details regarding the potential development and implementation of new health and safety standards that would affect millions of children. Concerned families are encouraged to contact their state senators and have their voices heard.

For more information, visit LegInfo.Legislature.ca.gov.

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