Oregon's SB 526 has gained much controversy. The bill, if passed, is supposed to implement home visits by nurses/other-medical-professionals to families with newborn children. According to Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority, new parents would receive 2 or 3 visits from one of these medical practitioners who would would screen the babies' health, vaccinate them, and perhaps also hook the parents up with other doctors.
Proponents of the bill support it because they say that it would reduce infant mortality by making sure babies get the treatment they need.
Opponents say that the bill will be used as a backdoor to force children into the foster care system. They say "parents today face a very real risk of losing their children to Child Protection Services if they dare to question a doctor’s advice regarding medical procedures, or even wanting to seek a second medical opinion." (medicalkidnap.com)
So, would these medical visits be voluntary or involuntary? On the one hand, the bill (with the Senate Amendments dated March 26) states:
The services included in the program must:
(a) Be voluntary and carry no negative consequences for a family that declines to participate;
On the other hand, the medicalkidnap.com article is titled, "Oregon to Become First State to Mandate Universal Home Visits of All Families with Newborn Children."
Life Site News has a similar article, https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/oregon-governor-supports-mandatory-govt-visits-for-all-newborns-and-their-p, titled (at least as of 5/17/19) "Oregon governor supports ‘universal’ gov’t visits for all newborns and their parents." Notice that the URL includes the word "mandatory," even though the title of the article does not.
What's the deal? If SB 526 is passed, would these medical visits be mandatory or not? If not, what's the big scare? Is there a loophole in the law which would allow it to be abused, de facto? If parents decline to participate, could Child Protection Services de facto take custody of the children under the pretext that the parents are "refusing medical treatment?" Even though the law purports to be "voluntary?"