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  1. #1 Oregon Could Become the First State to Require In-Home Surveillance of Newborn Babie 
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    Oregon Could Become the First State to Require In-Home Surveillance of Newborn Babies

    If Oregon Governor Kate Brown has her way, the Beaver State will become the first to require universal home visits for newborn children in the care of their own parents.

    Senate Bill 526, introduced this month in the Oregon Legislative Assembly as part of Brown's budget, orders the Oregon Health Authority to "study home visiting by licensed health care providers." Lawmakers went so far as to declare that SB 526 is an "emergency" measure — one that requires a resolution by the end of the year....

    What's the big emergency? Apparently, the state of Oregon is concerned that some parents are raising their children without the watchful eye of Big Brother monitoring their every move — a big no-no in the view of the progressive left...

    ...While it's not clear whether either of these programs would be mandatory, the use of the term "universal" suggests that they would. It's frightening to think about what would happen to parents who refuse such visits.

    As someone who has been involved in the homeschooling movement for more than 20 years, I have seen many attempts to increase the oversight of children taught at home by requiring home visits by a teacher or social worker. The basic premise behind these attempted power grabs is that parents cannot be trusted with the care of their own children — that an agent of the state is the only one qualified to ensure that children are being properly cared for. Without such surveillance, proponents argue, children are at risk for abuse and neglect, something they believe government agents can prevent, despite volumes of evidence to the contrary. In Oregon, in fact, children in the foster care system are abused at twice the national rate. One wonders how a state that can't handle the children currently in its care could possibly manage to surveil an additional 40,000 children per year, let alone pay for such a program (answer: it can't).

    Anytime a state or locality has tried to draft legislation requiring home visits for homeschooled children, the immediate response has always been, "What are they going to do next, require inspections for children from birth until they enter school?" The answer to that, of course, is yes. That has been the plan all along. Universal preschool, universal health care, universal free lunches — the lot of it — is just a surreptitious way for the state to monitor its citizens and control their behavior by handing out freebies.

    Government agents monitoring the homes of law-abiding parents who have not been accused of a crime without a warrant is an unconscionable violation not only of parental rights and individual liberty but also a trampling of the Fourth Amendment and the Due Process Clause of the Constitution...
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    If a baby is born with some type of condition that requires special monitors to be at home instead of the hospital, that technology exists and can be paid for by insurance or Medicaid. That would be voluntary, it would be used under very specific circumstances, and it would be used because the benefits to the child being at home (less chance of developing infections, bonding with family members, etc.) outweigh the benefits of hospitalization. if there is a monitor that sends information to the doctor or his staff regarding a heart beat, or breathing patterns, I can see that being done without it completely violating the family's privacy.

    But at no point should every parent be required to put cameras in their home for CPS to watch. That's a government agency spying on average citizens, and there is an assumption of guilt. I can't imagine doing that to people myself, as someone who works on the other side of CPS in CFC.
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