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Parental Rights

protecting parents and children

The importance of the family for the life and well-being of society entails a particular responsibility for society to support and strengthen marriage and the family. Civil authority should consider it a grave duty “to acknowledge the true nature of marriage and the family, to protect and foster them, to safeguard public morality, and promote domestic prosperity” (CCC, 2210).

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Parental Notification of Abortion

Without parental consent, minors under the age of 18 can not receive medical attention at school and they can not receive a vaccine at their doctor’s office. There is a long list of things a minor can’t do but they can now make a life altering, physically, mentally, and emotionally harmful decision without parental involvement. On June 1, 2022 the Illinois Parental Notification of Abortion act was repealed. 

Sex Ed Curriculum

The state of Illinois has made changes to the national sexual education standards. Topics such as gender identity, expression, and orientation will be taught from kindergarten through grade 12. What kind of options are available to you? Learn more below.

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Family is a small-scale version of the Church and is the sacrament of God’s love...Our families must be a place where God is encountered first.

– St. John Paul II

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“While all members of the family are called to live out the foundational Christian virtues, fathers and mothers have a special responsibility for fostering these virtues within their children. They are the first to proclaim the faith to their children. They are responsible for nurturing the vocation of each child, showing by example how to live the married life, and taking special care if a child might be called to the priesthood or consecrated life.”

– USCCB, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan, 2009

Harmful Sex Education Curriculum in Public Schools

Starting this fall, the National Sex Education Standards, developed by Sex Ed for Social Change (SEICUS) will be taught in Illinois public schools. Some of the concepts are contrary to the Church teaching on the divine gift of sexuality, undermine parental rights, indoctrinate children to a social agenda, and can cause irreparable harm. Read Bishop Malloy’s statement HERE. Disponible en Español.

Examples of Our Concerns

By the end of each listed grade, students should be able to…

  • 2nd grade: discuss the range of ways people express their gender and how gender-role stereotypes may limit behavior
  •  5th grade: distinguish between sex assigned at birth and gender identity and explain how they may or may not differ
  • 5th grade: explain masturbation
  • 5th grade: describe the potential role of hormone blockers on young people who identify as transgender
  • 8th grade: define sexual identity and explain a range of identities related to sexual orientation (e.g., heterosexual, bisexual, lesbian, gay, queer, two-spirited, asexual, pansexual)
  • 8th grade: the steps to using barrier methods correctly (e.g., external and internal condoms, dental dams)
  • 10th grade: differentiate between sex assigned at birth, gender identity, and gender expression. 

How This Can Harm Children

According to Family Watch International, a consultative organization to the United Nations, harmful effects of this education includes:

  • teaches children to consent to sex
  • teaches abortion and contraceptive use
  • promotes homosexual and bisexual behavior
  • promotes solo or mutual masturbation
  • fails to establish abstinence as the goal
  • promotes gender confusion
  • promoting peer-to-peer sex ed
  • undermining traditional values and beliefs
  • undermines parental rights
  • referrs children to harmful resources

What can you do as a parent?

Step 1

Educate Yourself

It is very important to educate yourself so you can make informed decisions.

  • Read through the National Sex Education Standards curriculum.
  • See how your local state legislators voted to make informed voting decisions in the future
  • Confirm whether or not your child’s school teaches sex education. If so, evaluate the materials and the extent to which these materials are in line with your family values, bring no harm to your children, and echo Church teaching.


Step 2


You have the power to opt your child/children out of sex education courses. Schools are required to give parents and guardians an opportunity to review the scope and sequence of instructional materials. The school district must also post contact information of school personnel who can respond to inquiries regarding course instruction and materials. Parents and guardians can opt their children out of sex education courses by submitting re request in writing to the school. 

An alternative to public education is Catholic schooling. Diocese of Rockford Catholic Schools rely on the Catholic faith to guide curriculum on all subjects, including sex education. 

Step 3


Public school boards have the option to teach or not sex education at all. One option is to petition public school boards to drop sex education from the curriculum in its entirety. It is also important to advocate on a legal level by remaining in contact with local legislators. 

Step 4

Stay Informed

Should you keep your children opt in to sexual education, we encourage you to remain vigilant to who is teaching and what they are teaching. Be aware of any outside consultants schools may be using and continue to monitor materials which can cause damage or confusion. If your child’s school district has not opted in this year, please be sure to check again each school year.

Alert - DeKalb and Rockford Schools

As of August 22, 2022 Rockford School District 205 and Dekalb Community Unit School District 428 have adopted the new comprehensive sex education curriculum. Other schools in Carroll, Jo Daviess, Kane, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties -throughout the Diocese of Rockford – are considering whether to opt out of implementing such instruction. The school districts in Stephenson County have opted out of implementing the curriculum.

"I urge Catholic parents and guardians to make known to their school boards their objections to the curriculum."

– Bishop Malloy

Additional Resources

Talking to Daughters About Gender

Real life advice on how to share the beauty in complementarity and unique differences of a woman.

The Sexualization of Children

Should gender be taught in school? At what age is it appropriate?

Gender Theory

Gender ideology? Gender Dysphoria? How can parents approach these difficult conversations?