California Democrats Refuse to Notify Parents of Sex Ed Speakers

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

( - A Democrat-controlled committee of the California State Legislature has killed a bill that would have required public schools to notify parents if outside speakers were invited to discuss sexual matters with students - even young students.

The Assembly Education Committee defeated AB 950 Wednesday afternoon on a party-line vote, Republicans for and Democrats against, said the Campaign for California Families.

Supporters of the bill, including Assemblyman Ray Haynes (R-Temecula), told the committee that the school district should be required to give basic notification to parents about sex education speakers.

But Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg (D-Los Angeles), the committee chair and lesbian activist, opposed every part of the pro-parent bill, the Campaign for California Families said.

AB 950 would have restored parental notification language to the California Education Code.

The centerpiece of the bill specified that if "comprehensive sexual health education or HIV/AIDS prevention education will be taught by outside consultants, or if an assembly will be held to deliver comprehensive sexual health education or HIV/AIDS prevention education," then parents would be told when the instruction would take place and who the speaker would be and what group they represented.

"Children belong to their parents, not to the state," said Randy Thomasson, executive director of Campaign for California Families, who testified in support of the now-killed-bill.

"It's outrageous for Democrat politicians to claim they support parents but then vote to reject parental rights," he said.

"When Democrats say 'parental involvement,' they apparently mean sex educators lead and parents blindly follow. These Democrat legislators are attacking the sacred right of parents to raise and educate their own children.

"Anti-family politicians who treat parents like idiots and push unlimited sexual material on kids are giving moms and dads more reason than ever to remove their children from the morally-bankrupt government education system," Thomasson said.

The Traditional Values Coalition, a sponsor of the bill, also expressed deep disappointment with its defeat.

"Democrats have thumbed their nose at the parents of California," said TVC legislative director Benjamin Lopez. "They have basically shown with their arrogance that they think they know better than parents about what's good and bad for their children. The Democrats are insulting every parent in the state."

Although outnumbered 8 to 3 on the committee, Republican legislators vigorously supported AB 950, the Campaign for California Families said.

Opponents of parental notification included the California Federation of Teachers, ACLU, Planned Parenthood, American Association of University Women, Community Health Council, Equality California, California NOW and the California Medical Association, CCF said.

"It's not surprising to see Democrats trample parental rights as they rush to sexually indoctrinate children," said Thomasson. "Some of these politicians have been attacking family values for years under the cover of darkness.

Thomasson said his group hopes that exposing the committee vote will motivate parents to change their voting habits. "To protect their children, no parent can continue to blindly support Democrat candidates who trample their rights and sexually indoctrinate their children," he said.