A proposed law in California vows to create a "bill of rights" for children in the state.
"It's really not the children's bill of rights. It's the government's bill of rights," warns attorney Brad Dacus of California-based Pacific Justice Institute.
Senate Bill 18 was introduced in December by Dr. Richard Pan, a Harvard-educated pediatrician who angered Californians in 2015 when he authored legislation that eliminated children's exemptions for vaccines.
Dacus calls the legislation a Trojan horse that is written so broadly it would allow California's famously left-wing state government to decide abortion, sexual orientation and schooling options for children.
Such concerns about parental rights drew ridicule from fact-checking website Snopes, which panned claims from a circulated email that the bill allows the state of California to seize children from their families.
Yet the point of the outcry, like Dacus contends, is that the loosely-written bill language – "to establish a comprehensive framework that governs the rights of all children and youth in California" – is open to interpretation.
Among seven so-called rights are the "right" for children to live in a "safe and healthy environment" and to form "healthy attachments" to adults who care for them.
The first "right" listed in Pan's bill states that children have a right to parents who act in their "best interest," with the state of California presumably deciding what "best interest" ultimately means, Dacus warns.
Does that mean public school over homeschooling and abortion over giving birth?
"This is very serious," Dacus says of Senate Bill 18, which will likely be praised in the liberal Golden State legislature.
"It's really very well-orchestrated," the attorney warns, "and it has the language that gives a tremendous breadth to oppress and punish parents who are raising their children in ways and with values different than that of the liberal state of California and their legislature."
If the bill becomes law, Dacus predicts parents will file suit to fight it.