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In an entry wrote from December 10, 2004 entitled "Washington State Tells Parents They Can't Listen In On Their Kids Phone Calls " I covered the Washington State Supreme Court ruling that a mother was in violation of Washington privacy law for listening in on her daughters phone conversations. In response legislation has now been put forth in the state to allow a parents right to be able to monitor their kids phone calls and mail.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Parents would be allowed to eavesdrop on their children's phone conversations or intercept their mail under a bill that went before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.


Under House Bill 1178, not only would the parent not be breaking the law by snooping on a child's phone calls, any information a parent gleans from the intercepted communications could be used in court. But some have expressed concern about the bill's language, which allows calls to be recorded and mail to be intercepted.

"We have a right of privacy that ought not be taken from a child unless you meet an extremely high burden, that the parents' violation of that right meets some greater good," said committee chairwoman Rep. Patricia Lantz, D-Gig Harbor. "How are we going to measure that?"

How about the greater good of knowing what your child is up to Representative Lantz? If I, as a parent, am 100% responsible for my child's actions and decisions should I not also have the right to be involved in those decisions or to know of them?

If my child is doing drugs, hanging out with criminals or planning a criminal action should I not have the right to try and prevent my child from doing these things rather than just reacting to them after the fact.

This philosophy of not acting first seems to be ingrained in the Democrats whole credo with regards to not only our children, but the war on terror and reform bills. They would rather a child become an addict or a criminal before action is taken to prevent it. They would rather a terrorist attack happen before we act to prevent it. This is all done under the guise of right to privacy for a group of individuals who are not even responsible for their own actions.

There is a current petition going around in California for the parents to have the right to be notified before their child has an abortion. I feel that this does not need to be a law, but should be an understood notion in the whole scheme of society. The fact that most Democrats believe that a child under the age of consent should be allowed to have a major operation that could potentially have catastrophic affects, cripple the child for life and put the burden on the parent to care for them for the rest of their life, without having any say, is ridiculous.

Now don't get me wrong I'm all for abortion. I think it is a necessary evil, however for something that life altering and life threatening a parent has a right to know as they do with what their kids are plotting on the phone, in mail or on the Internet.

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