Missouri Law Protecting Parental Rights (HB 1488)
This law was last updated on Apr 24, 2014
HB 1488 would have specifed that the liberty of a parent to direct the upbringing, education, and care of his or her child is a fundamental right. The State of Missouri and any political subdivision of the state would have been prohibited from infringing on this right without demonstrating a compelling governmental interest. The law stated that any law or policy must be narrowly tailored and by the least restrictive means to achieve the interest.
According to Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri:
Young people deserve the right to access the full range of reproductive and sexual health services they need. Research has shown that parental involvement laws often delay young people’s access to services, endangering their health and safety. For those young people who are afraid to seek the advice of parents or guardians regarding sensitive health care issues, or face the threat of violence in their homes – it is best for them to seek advice of a trained medical professional than to face the situation alone or afraid.
After public hearing on February 19, 2014, this bill was voted “do pass” by the Judiciary Committee and referred to the Rules Committee.