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ON PARENTAL RIGHTS 

The Solution: The Parental Rights Amendment
 
"Through activist courts and the threat of ratifying the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), big government intrudes on families more and more. Already, the liberty of parents to direct the upbringing of their children has greatly eroded in federal courts and in such settings as public schools, local libraries, and your doctor’s office." -- Michael Farris, president, ParentalRights.org

The only solution to the attack on the child-parent relationship is the Parental Rights Amendment -- securing the rights of parents to raise their children. 

Only a constitutional amendment will ensure that the courts of our nation protect the fundamental right of parents to raise their children. And only a constitutional amendment will override international law that seeks to undermine the parental role. As the only complete solution to the danger confronting the child-parent relationship, the Parental Rights Amendment will place current Supreme Court doctrine protecting parental rights into the explicit text of the Constitution. Only the Parental Rights Amendment completely eliminates all threats to the child-parent relationship. It is the only comprehensive response to the attack on parental rights across our nation.

Below is the draft text for the Parental Rights Amendment.
View the annotated version here.


DRAFT PARENTAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT
FOR THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION

SECTION 1
The liberty of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children is a fundamental right.

SECTION 2
Neither the United States nor any state shall infringe upon this right without demonstrating that its governmental interest as applied to the person is of the highest order and not otherwise served. This article shall not be construed to protect actions or decisions to end the life of any child, born or unborn.

SECTION 3
No treaty may be adopted nor shall any source of international law be employed to supersede, modify, interpret, or apply to the rights guaranteed by this article.


QUICK FACTS ON AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION

  • Only a constitutional amendment will ensure that parental rights will be honored in the United States, and protected from the threat of international law.
  • Only 33 amendments have ever been passed by Congress, and of these, only 27 have been ratified by the states.
  • Passing an amendment takes supporters at every level of government – in Congress, in committees, and in the states. Every American can play a vital role in this process by signing the petition and involving others in this campaign.

A constitutional amendment will ensure that judges who are currently denying parental rights will be obligated to recognize them. It will ensure that judges who are presently refusing to recognize parental rights because of their lack of explicit protection within the Constitution will instead safeguard parental rights.

The founders of this country created a nation ruled by laws, not men. Placing parental rights into the text of the Constitution ensures that law will defend the American family. A constitutional amendment will shield the child-parent relationship from government intrusion, regardless of who sits on the Supreme Court.

Not only does an amendment adequately address the threat posed by judges who refuse to recognize parental rights, but it also meets head-on the threat against the child-parent relationship posed by international law.

HOW AN AMENDMENT PROTECTS THE FAMILY FROM INTERNATIONAL LAW

As a legally binding international treaty, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is capable of permanently altering the role of the parent within the American family. If ratified, the UNCRC becomes the law of the land, unable to be held in check by state or national legislation. The only way to protect the rights of parents from the destructive policies contained in the UNCRC is through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Presently, except in cases where a parent has been proven to be "unfit," American law presumes that the parent is acting in the best interests of the child, and defers to that parent's decision. The UNCRC, in contrast, supplants this traditional presumption in favor of parents with a new presumption in favor of the state.

The Senators who originally opposed the ratification of the UNCRC when it was originally signed by President Clinton in 1995 believed that the Convention marked a significant departure from the American concept of the relationship between state and child, and was incompatible with the right of parents to raise their children.

The only way to protect the vital role of parents from this cataclysmic shift is through amending the U.S. Constitution to reflect current Supreme Court doctrine which preserves the right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children.

That's why the Parental Rights Amendment is so important. If passed, the Parental Rights Amendment will protect and preserve the vital child-parent relationship for generations to come.

WHY NOW?

The judges on the Supreme Court will change over time, but the law will not. If the U.S. Constitution is amended to secure parental rights, the vital child-parent relationship will be effectively shielded from intrusion by the government.

Amending the constitution is an enormous task—requiring time, resources, vision, dedication, and hardworking people who will make it happen. But it is not impossible.

Timing is everything. Parental rights are in an uncertain state within the federal courts, and danger is on the way. In only a matter of time, international law could erase the rights that most American parents take for granted. That’s why time is of the essence. We can’t afford to wait until parental rights are gone before seeking to defend them—now is the time to take action.

You can play a vital role in the process of amending the Constitution by joining with ParentalRights.org in the fight to protect children and parents. If you believe that the vital role of parents in the lives of their children should be protected and preserved, then we need your participation in the campaign to pass the Parental Rights Amendment!

Sign the petition now to protect children by empowering parents, and recruit your friends to join the fight. 

Rebekah Pizana | National Coalition Director | ParentalRights.org | 540.645.9475 (c)
P.O. Box 1090, Purcellville, Virginia 20134 | Email: rebekah@parentalrights.org

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Oct. 6, 2014

The Fundamental Case for Parental Rights

It is not very often that we get to send you someone else’s work on parental rights. As the only national organization founded specifically to defend and preserve your fundamental liberties to raise your children as you see fit, we are used to having to do almost all of the writing on the subject for ourselves.

That’s why it’s so refreshing for us when someone like Melissa Moschella comes along. Moschella “is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America and the 2014-2015 Myser Fellow at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture.”

This weekend, The Witherspoon Institute published Moschella’s article, “The Fundamental Case for Parental Rights,” and we wanted to share it with you. (Click on the title to read the article online.) The article was not written by or for ParentalRights.org, and we do not claim its words or opinions as our own. ButMoschella makes some excellent points that we wanted to pass along to our readers.

If you agree with them, too, we would encourage you to pass it along to your friends. Then, invite them to visit ParentalRights.org/petition to sign up for our mailing list themselves.

Because (as you know) if they agree with Moschell on fundamental parental rights, then we are the place to go to get involved in the movement to make a difference!

Sincerely,

Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research
 
P.S. -- Support this vital movement by becoming a member of ParentalRights.org. Your $5 monthly donation (or discounted $50 annual gift) will fund our ongoing work in the U.S. House, Senate, and individual states to protect parental rights through the Amendment and through state statutes.

As a benefit to you, you will receive a new helpful Elite Membership Benefits packet each month to aid you in your role as a parent. This month’s packet is on “Teaching Your Active Child,” and you’ll get the intro packet, “Parental Rights in the Medical Setting,” as well.

Only with your support can we succeed in preserving parental rights for future generations.

 

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Sept. 30, 2014

The PRA in 2016?

With your help, we could see the Parental Rights Amendment (PRA) adopted before the next presidential election.

No, this isn’t a guarantee. It is too soon for that. There are still too many variables, too many pieces that need to fall into place.

But it is a very real possibility.

The first thing that has to happen, though, is the election this November of enough congressmen and senators who will support the parental rights effort.

The new House and Senate will convene in January, 2015. With enough support for the PRA going in, we can make a concerted effort to secure its passage in both houses within the year. Then, when state legislatures convene in 2016, its ratification can be at the top of their to-do list. (Those with year-round legislatures won’t even have to wait that long!)

Imagine it. With your help, we can see the PRA adopted before we even vote on President Obama’s successor in 2016!

But it all starts with this November’s elections. And that’s where our pledge comes in.

ParentalRights.org does not endorse a particular party or candidate. However, we are working to post for your information a list of candidates who support the PRA, based on the pledges we have received or an incumbent’s cosponsorship of the PRA in their chamber of Congress. Though the list is still incomplete, we are growing it at4pra.us/pledge14.

Check the list to see who has declared their support in your House and Senate races. Check back as Election Day approaches and as hopefully more pledges are received.

If pledges haven’t been sent to the candidates in your district yet and you would like to help, you can see the step-by-step instructions here. (We are sending those pledges out slowly, but volunteers really speed up the process!)

Wouldn’t it be nice to know that no matter who is sworn in as president in 2017, they will swear “to preserve, protect, and defend [a] Constitution” that includes your parental rights?

With your help through the coming months, there is a good chance that we can make that dream a reality.

Sincerely,

Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research
 
P.S. – If you can support the dream with just a $5 monthly donation (or $50 annual) this month you will receive access to our October Elite Membership packet on“Teaching Active and Adventurous Children,” featuring Institute for Excellence in Writing’s Andrew Pudewa. Andrew’s insights can help you connect with your adventurous child, however he or she is schooled.

 

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Sept. 23, 2014

Isaiah Rider Home, but Not Home Free

Teen Isaiah Rider is back in Kansas City with family members after months in Chicago foster care. But the drama is not over.

Removed from his mother’s custody for “medical neglect,” Isaiah remains a ward of the state of Illinois.

“He was suffering,” Michelle recently told the Kansas City Star“They could not control his pain, so we asked for a transfer to another hospital. We were asking for them to get appropriate help, and they were failing to do that.”

Instead, Lurie’s Children’s Hospital in Chicago called in Illinois’ child protection services, who removed Isaiah from his mother’s custody and placed him in foster care.

Isaiah has neurofibromitosis, a genetic condition that causes often painful tumors to grow on the nerves throughout his body. He has been dealing with medical problems related to his condition since he was 6.

After his most recent surgery, he had continual and on-going pain, which led to Michelle’s fateful decision. And that is when Lurie’s called on the state of Illinois to intervene.

Illinois took custody of Isaiah and placed him in foster care until last week, when he was returned to Kansas City, into the custody of his grandparents.

“I am very thankful that he’s home,” his grandmother Judy told the Kansas City Star. “However, the restrictions that they’ve been able to provide through Cook County Court limit (my daughter’s) visitation.” She is not allowed to see her son unless one of her own parents is present.

Michelle is on trial in Chicago to try to regain custody of her son. The case started on Friday (Sept. 19), and could stretch on for months. “It’s very frustrating,” Michelle said of the situation. “He’s 17 years old. This needs to stop.”

Almost a year and a half ago, we sent you a story of “Baby Sammy Home, but Not Home Free,” of a similar situation in California. And the Justina Pelletier case earlier this year followed a very similar pattern.

Under the Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act in Illinois (75- ILCS 36), it would appear that the Illinois courts should not have jurisdiction in the Rider case. Illinois is not Isaiah’s home, and he has no “significant connection with th[e] State other than mere physical presence.” The act has been adopted by the District of Columbia and every State except Massachusetts, and according to this reading of it, a Missouri court would rightly exercise jurisdiction over the case of Isaiah’s custody.

The law, however, is very complex. Illinois is already exercising jurisdiction, and it is not the purpose of this article to refute the court’s decision to do so.

But even if the UCCJEA were applied, there is no guarantee Michelle would win.Once a judge decides to ignore the fundamental right of parents to make medical decisions for their child, there is no telling what standard the judge will be looking for before he will entrust that parent with her own child again.

This is one great reason the Parental Rights Amendment looks to preserve those rights in the first place. Fit and loving parents should not have to defend their decisions to a judge when they have not been abusive or negligent. )

And make no mistake. The accusation of “neglect” against Michelle arose because doctors disagreed with her decision, not because of any action she had taken before.

Action Items

1. If you’re on Facebook, “like” our page at Facebook.com/parentalrights.org tofollow Isaiah’s and other stories through our Facebook page.

2. Join ParentalRights.org with your $5 monthly donation (or save $10 by making a$50 annual gift) at ParentalRights.org/member. Your membership enables us to promote state statutes to fix over-reaches like the one in the Rider case, while also funding efforts to pass the Parental Rights Amendment – the ultimate solution to this problem.

In addition, we will send you not only the September Elite Membership packet on meal planning, but also the special introductory packet on Parental Rights in the Medical SettingPerhaps its content can help you keep Isaiah’s nightmare from ever playing out in your family.

(And if you’ve signed up for our Membership Enlistment Contest, remember that it concludes next week on September 30.)

3. Help us find where your candidates stand on parental rights as we head toward Election Day. With enough help, this can be a quick and easy task that allows us to notify thousands of voters. See details in last week’s newsletter, available here.

With your help, we can make situations like Isaiah and Michelle Rider’s a thing of the past. But it will take all of us to preserve the “enduring American tradition” of parental rights.

Sincerely,

Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research
 

 

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Sept. 22, 2014

Parental Rights Need in Your California District

Hello, fellow champion of Parental Rights!

My name is Joseph Justus, and I have recently taken on the role of ParentalRights.org California State Volunteer Leader.

Working as a professional firefighter for the past 16 years, I have personally witnessed the steep decline in society and its effects on local communities. More importantly, as a father of four young children, I see that the nuclear family is under severe attack.

Personally, I believe the nuclear family is a force through which God can do incredible things. I believe our job as parents is to secure the freedom to raise our children as God calls, so we may lay the foundation for His plans to be accomplished.

But whatever drives you, I am convinced that if we as passionate leaders can band together, we can become a force to be reckoned with.

My mission as State Volunteer Leader is to recruit District Coordinators, who arevital to our quest to pass the Parental Rights Amendment (PRA). The prime responsibility of a District Coordinator is to motivate his congressional representative to co-sponsor the PRA by communicating parental rights issues to the representative. This typically is accomplished through educating the congressional representative on who we are and the significance of what we are trying to achieve.

There is a fire and I need your help to put it out. California must have a District Coordinator in each of the 53 districts. If you would like to volunteer as a District Coordinator or have any questions, please contact me. Also, if you are currently a District Coordinator and would like to continue, please let me know.

Respectfully Yours,

Joseph Justus
ParentalRights.Org
CA State Volunteer Leader
951-300-6403
jjustusproca@verizon.net
 

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