Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R-Yucaipa) released the following statement after Assembly Bill 1940 was passed on a party-line vote on the Senate Floor:
“Once again, I am deeply disappointed to see this Legislature continue to wage a war against parents and families by pushing to exclude parents from medical decisions affecting their children.
“Last year, Governor Newsom signed into law AB 1184, which limits parents' abilities to protect their children by removing them from sensitive conversations as early as 12 years old. This year we are faced with AB 1940, which permits a school-based health center to provide new services, including behavioral health and dental care alongside reproductive services allowed under current law without parental notification.
“As a parent myself, this is completely unacceptable. Parents should not be excluded from the medical decisions of their children. The implications of this bill are a great danger for families across our state. I will continue to fight to strengthen the family unit and focus on legislation that empowers families rather than tearing them down. Our families and children deserve it.”