Parental rights. Provides that the state of Indiana, a political subdivision or other governmental entity of the state of Indiana, a government official, or any other person acting under the color of law shall not infringe on the fundamental right of a parent to direct the upbringing, education, health care, and mental health of the parent's child without demonstrating that the infringement: (1) is required by a compelling governmental interest of the highest order as long recognized in the history and traditions of the state of Indiana; and (2) as applied to the child, is narrowly tailored and not otherwise served by a less restrictive means. Creates a right of action for violation of a parent's rights with respect to the upbringing, education, and health care of the parent's child. Provides that a child is not a child in need of services due to the child's parent, guardian, or custodian: (1) referring to and raising the child consistent with the child's biological sex; or (2) declining to consent to the child receiving: (A) specified medication; (B) a medical procedure the purpose of which is to alter the apparent gender or sex of the child or affirm the child's perception of the child's gender or sex in a manner inconsistent with the child's biological sex; or (C) counseling or other mental health services the purpose of which is to affirm the child's perception of the child's gender or sex if the child's perception is inconsistent with the child's biological sex. Provides that a juvenile court may not enter a dispositional decree ordering removal of a child from the home of the child's parent, guardian, or custodian if: (1) the juvenile court has found the child to be a child in need of services under a specified statutory definition of a child in need of services; and (2) the parent, guardian, or custodian of the child: (A) is a fit parent, guardian, or custodian of the child; and (B) does not consent to the child being removed from the child's home.
2023 Regular Session
|2023-01-31||Representative Heaton added as coauthor|
|2023-01-31||Representative Jeter C added as coauthor|
|2023-01-17||First reading: referred to Committee on Family, Children and Human Affairs|
|2023-01-17||Authored by Representative DeVon|