Christy Duffy is setting the internet on fire with a viral blog post about her recent experience at a Michigan hospital. It started when she was taking her daughter in for an appointment and saw this notice:
The flyer stated that new state laws require nurses to hold a “short 5 minute private conversation with your child.”
Duffy asked if she could opt out of the policy, but the receptionist explained that it was mandatory. Needless to say, Duffy was not pleased. The situation got even more absurd when the office manager described what exactly they would be speaking to her daughter about. She wrote on her blog:
She said there was a new policy that would allow a child to access his/her medical records online and the child would be allowed to block a parent from viewing the website. The nurse would also inform my children that the doctor's office is a safe place for them to receive information about STDs, HIV and birth control. That is what the nurse would be chatting about with my children without any pesky parental oversight.
Duffy then refused to let anyone speak with her daughter privately and insisted that she would, indeed, be opting out of the policy - whether they liked it or not.
After describing her experience, which some might describe as an overreaction to a well-intended law, she went on to explain why she so adamantly refused to comply:
Make sure this is crystal clear: what they want to do is talk to your child about sex and drugs (maybe rock and roll – who knows?) without your input. Is it really such a stretch to imagine that a doctor who does not value abstinence before marriage would encourage your daughters – as young as 12! – to receive birth control? Is it really such a stretch to imagine a nurse telling a young boy – because a 12 year old boy is a BOY – that she will give him condoms so he can be “safe”? Is this what you want told to your children without the ability to filter the info through your world view?
Duffy ended by saying this:
I am the Mom. I will pick who can talk to my kids about sex and drugs. And rock-n-roll for that matter.
And she's so on-point. Parents have the right to choose what is and isn't said to their children; the government and medical personnel do not.
Maybe if more parents reacted like this mom did, there would be fewer out-of-control policies to speak up against.