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Freedom Foundation disavows employee’s social media posts saying law shouldn’t force parents to keep kids alive

Days before a special legislative session to address Idaho’s child support enforcement laws, Idaho Freedom Foundation policy analyst Parrish Miller posted a link on his personal Twitter account saying the law shouldn’t force parents to keep their children alive, reports Melissa Davlin of Idaho Public TV. The post linked to a 2007 article on a libertarian website that says while laws can and should prevent parents from murdering their children, they should have a legal right to allow their children to die. When asked on Twitter if courts should “enforce against breaches of familial obligations,” Miller wrote, “Philosophically, I remain unconvinced that such obligations exist,” then posted a link to the item, Davlin reports; her full post is online here at her Idaho Reports blog.

Davlin writes that Miller’s IFF colleagues don’t necessarily endorse his views. Wayne Hoffman, IFF president, told Davlin, “If it’s not on my website, it’s not something I’m endorsing.” He said, “I pay child support. I have for five years. I don’t question the validity of states to compel parents to make child support payments. That’s not what my organization is getting after here.” Hoffman said his concerns about the child support enforcement legislation have to do with “the state being able to maintain proper legislative oversight over a particular program.”

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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