The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974 REQUIRES that all states impose a "religious exemption clause" in their child abuse statues or lose some frederal funds. All states did so. In California, Assembly Bill 3843, California Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore John T. Knox (Democrat?). When Knox wrote a letter to Ed "Jerry" Brown (August 16, 1976) urging Brown to sign the bill into law, the letter said in part:
"Christian Science treatment[sic] is a recognized alternative to medical attendance under Medicare, MediCal, the group insurance for all federal and state civil service employees, and is so recognized by almost every group insurance company in the United States whenever so requested by the employer."
Section 270 of the California Penal Code ("Failure to Provide") states that one must provide "medical attendance" to ones' children. The law was redacted to include faith-healing[sic] and "practitioner" (a "Christian 'Science'" word) under "alternate provider."
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