|Action||Adopt new standards for licensed private child-placing agencies.|
|Comment Period||Ends 4/1/2011|
The proposed regulations for licensed child placement agencies are overbroad and overly intrusive.
In particular, I oppose 22 VAC 40-131-170(B), which would deny religious organizations the freedom to act in accordance with their moral and religious beliefs. In addition to being an unconstitutional intrusion by the state on the freedom of religion, this regulation would have the unfortunate side-effect of putting Catholic and other religious-based adoption agencies out of business.
Catholic adoption agencies provide support and services to pregnant women in difficult circumstances and help them to find alternatives to abortion, including adoption. These agencies also help couples, some of whom may be unable to conceive children of their own, to adopt children and raise a family. They provide children with a loving, permanent home.
Please do not deny these families the services of Catholic and other religious based family agencies, and increase the likelihood of women turning to abortion, by enacting these intrusive and fundamentally flawed regulations.
As a voter and a taxpayer in Virginia, I will monitor this situation, and will work with elected officials to oppose these regulations, and will urge them to base state agency funding decisions on whether these regulations are enacted in a way that discriminates against private adoption agencies on the basis of religion, which I believe to a violation of our constitutional rights.
Thank you for your consideration of these comments.
G. Andrew Duthie