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Herrera Beutler Introduces “Protecting Parental Rights Act”

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) today introduced legislation, the Protecting Parental Rights Act, to prohibit health care providers from administering COVID-19 vaccines to children without parental consent.

This legislation seeks to halt anti-parental rights legislation that has emerged in states like California that would allow children 12 years of age and older to obtain the vaccine without approval from a parent. Additionally, in multiple states across the U.S. including Washington, (list HERE) minors can in certain cases receive the COVID-19 vaccine without approval or consent from a parent or guardian.  

Herrera Beutler’s bill requires parental consent first before administering a COVID-19 vaccine to a minor (under 18 years old). If a health care provider gives a COVID-19 vaccine without parental consent, they will be subject to a fine or up to one year in prison.

“We all want to see the end of the COVID pandemic but putting bureaucrats between parents and their children when it comes to medical decision-making is not the answer. It’s shocking that some states are considering laws to allow children as young as 12 to cut their parents out of health care decisions,” Herrera Beutler said. “I believe the vaccine is safe and effective for a vast majority of Americans, but that’s no reason to force parents to surrender their role in the health care decisions of their family. I’m introducing the Protecting Parental Rights Act to maintain parents’ ability to have the final authority over medical decisions regarding their young children.”

Text of Herrera Beutler’s legislation can be found here.