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August 6, 2014
When the Sign Says “No Parents Allowed”
You might assume, as many did when we posted this picture (and as we did ourselves) that the dentist is claiming falsely that new HIPAA guidelines require them to separate parent from child to protect the child’s privacy. What we learned from the West Virginia dentist’s office where this picture was taken, however, was that their office’s open floor plan forces them to balance parental rights against the privacy of the person in the next bay over. Parents, however, are always included in their child’s exam and all decision making. When they saw how their sign was misunderstood, they quickly took it down, and they have assured us that they respect the role of parents with their children.
In the case of Michigan mother Christy Duffy two months ago, it took a public outcry to drive the hospital to back away from its posted policy. In this current case, all it took was a conversation. (The practice also received a good deal of heat from our post, but that proved to be unnecessary.)
So talk to your doctor or dentist. If you see a sign like this one, ask them about it. If it is truly their intention to stand between you and your child, find a new doctor. If it is not, you might graciously suggest they fix their sign. Either way, both your children and our cause will be served best by a polite and civil discourse for as long as that is possible.
CRPD Update and August Recess
We made it to August recess without a vote in the Senate, but your senators need to hear from you now more than ever. The closer we get to the end of the term in December, the harder treaty proponents will push for a vote that could ultimately rob parents of their parental rights.
Then, secure your membership to ParentalRights.org. Your $50 annual donation will give you access to Elite Member content, including this month’s package on Internet Safety. As an added bonus (and in light of the uproar that today’s sign has caused), we will also include last month’s package on Parental Rights in the Medical Setting at no extra charge.
Finally, talk about parental rights. Talk to your friends and family, your doctor and dentist, your child’s teachers and administrators, and anyone else who will listen. The more your rights are known, the less likely they are to be overridden by accident – and the less those who would do so on purpose will be able to get away with it!
Dir. of Communications & Research
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