Parents urge Chilean president to veto bill that would undermine parental authority

Article 13, which incorporates gender ideology, says that all “public policies, services and programs” directed at children and adolescents must consider the “gender” variable.

Article 30, which speaks about freedom of thought, conscience and religion, once again “excludes the right of parents to educate their children according to their own moral, ethical and religious convictions.”

Article 31, which is on freedom of association and assembly, will allow children and adolescents “to attend or call public demonstrations by themselves, without the authorization of their parents.”

Article 33 establishes that children “have the right to develop their private lives without arbitrary or illegal interference,” while Article 34 establishes the “right to keep communications private, including those produced through information and communication technologies.”

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Article 41 “establishes the promotion of a secular and non-sexist comprehensive sexual and affective education,” and the stipulations in the law that ensured the right of parents to educate their children in accordance with their ethical and moral convictions were eliminated.

The Community and Justice document also notes that articles 74 and 76 explain how the Local Office for Children and the family courts can intervene in the event of a disagreement between the parties, and there is a threat to the rights of the child or a violation.

The bill was introduced in the  Chamber of Deputies in September 2015, during the administration of President Michelle Bachelet. 

In the third round of the legislative process, the bill was reviewed by the Joint Commission, made up of a group of representatives and senators, who prepared a report to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions 

The report was approved by both legislative chambers and was sent to Piñera’s desk June 22.

The president can sign the bill into law, veto it in whole or in part, or can add to it, and has up to 30 days to make his decision.