Universal Child Care Means Ending Parents' Rights by Phyllis Schlafly
January 16, 2008
When Hillary Clinton showed television viewers the Christmas presents
she wants to give us if she is elected, her most important was Universal
Pre-K, following closely after Universal Health Care.
Hillary was reminding us of her status as the grand dame of the ideology
expressed in her favorite African slogan, "It takes a village to raise a
Indeed, there seem to be many busybodies who believe the village, i.e.,
government functionaries, should make major decisions about the
upbringing of children, including what they are taught and how they are
medicated. They may approach this incrementally, but their goal is
We thought it was outrageous when the Ninth Circuit proclaimed in the
Palmdale case in 2005 that the fundamental right of parents over the
upbringing of their children "does not extend beyond the threshold of
the school door." Now the Hillary-style liberals are also acting as
though parents' rights over their own children do not extend beyond the
threshold of the local health clinic.
Massachusetts has just started to require that all children in Medicaid
(460,000 kids) must be subjected annually to mental health screening in
order to detect signs of possible mental illness, autism, or depression.
One of the criteria on the questionnaire used to identify mental health
problems is that the child is "seeming to have less fun."
It's not hard to predict that many children will be unfairly saddled
with a false label, assigned to unnecessary and expensive treatment, and
prescribed costly drugs whose effect may range from worthless to
harmful. These costs to the taxpayers will be expanded by the inevitable
fattening of the pocketbooks of psychiatrists and psychologists.