The Commonwealth of Virginia has fighters now if the first days in office for the newly sworn-in Youngkin Administration are any indication. Governor Youngkin enacted day one Executive Orders that returned much of the power taken by Virginia’s previous executive and given back to the parents of the Commonwealth.
Specifically, Youngkin used his second Day One EO to instruct all schools to remove mask mandates from the policy and procedures at Virginia schools.
“Recent government orders requiring virtually every child in Virginia wear masks virtually every moment they are in school have proven ineffective and impractical,” said Gov. Youngkin. “Permitting parents to make decisions on where and when to wear masks permits the Commonwealth’s parents to make the best decision for the circumstances confronting each child. Parents can assess the risks and benefits facing their child, consult their medical providers, and make the best decision for their children based on the most up-to-date health information available.”
Progressives didn’t appreciate Gov. Youngkin’s evaluation that parents should be allowed to make medical decisions for their children and sued to stop the Day One EO that prevents school mask mandates. The parents claim the EO prevents them from being able to protect their children from Covid adequately because they can’t force other children to wear masks.
Democratic Party of Virginia Chair Susan Swecker: “We applaud Virginia’s parents for standing up to Gov. Youngkin’s illegal executive order that puts our children’s health and safety at risk as COVID-19 surges, and threatens in-person learning across the Commonwealth. As the governor prioritizes defunding schools over following the science, Virginians should be reminded that Democrats opened all 132 school divisions for safe in-person instruction. Gov. Youngkin is putting politics over the well-being of Virginia’s families—it’s dangerous and unacceptable.”
I've asked the Supreme Court of Virginia to dismiss the lawsuit against Governor Youngkin and Executive Order two, which restores authority to parents to make the best decision for their children.
With our filing, we again affirm that parents matter. pic.twitter.com/6F3E0TBjmA
— Jason Miyares (@JasonMiyaresVA) January 21, 2022
Gov. Youngkin’s new Attorney Gwithoutason Miyares promised to back the Administration and filed a motion to dismiss the case against the Day One EO. AG Miyares’ statement called the anti-mandate EO a move “which restores the authority to parents to make the best decision for their children on current health information.”
“Tonight, we asked the Supreme Court of Virginia to protect the fundamental rights of parents to direct the upbringing, care, and education of their children,” Attorney General Miyares said in a statement. “Governor Youngkin had every power to issue the executive order, and without filing, we again affirm that parents matter.”
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