I just read a great article by Christel Swasey, about HR 5 and Homeschooling. (She always is on top of things and is doing what I am sure God has set as one of her special purposes on this earth.) It is crazy that parental rights are so small now compared to how they were in the past.
Now, to be clear, I do think parents who abuse their kids should be investigated, etc., but I do think we should all decide together, in each state, what the parental rights are, and what is considered abuse. I do not think a pediatrician should get to say, you have to feed your baby formula, for instance.
I have a personal thing to share. This past year, I was told by a pediatrician that if I did not take my child to a certain hospital at a certain time, that very day, she would turn me in to the Department of Child and Family Services. This, because I was trusting in my IBCLC (International Board Certified LactationConsultant) and breastfeeding exclusively, rather than using infant formula. It did not matter to the doctor, that my discovery, throught the IBCLC, that my baby had both a tongue tie and a lip tie which had been recently taken care of by a pediatric dentist.
Sadly, at the hospital, it was very difficult and if my wonderful social workers had not stood up for me, I would have been yelling for 2 days straight. It was really hard to defend my child. They forbid me from breastfeeding him, so I had to pump the whole time.
I have another post about this if you wqnt the details, but suffice it to say, in this article, My parental rights felt like close to 1/4th of the rights the staff had there, and it was a suffocating lack of freedom I never want to experience again!