"Honor thy father and thy mother."
We the People...
ON PARENTAL RIGHTS
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.
FOR THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
The liberty of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children is a fundamental right.
Neither the United Statesnoranystateshallinfringeuponthisrightwithoutdemonstratingthatitsgovernmentalinterest 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.
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
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.
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.
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Entering a New Era in Congress
-- September 22, 2015
ParentalRights.org is entering a new era – an era of broader cooperation, wider reach, and bipartisan support. It is also an era of greater awareness for parental rights issues fueled by scholars and experts who contribute to the conversation, as well as by parents being awakened due to state-level threats to their freedoms.
This new era comes in with the end of summer and our Summer Power Sweep. That effort has produced some surprising results for the Parental Rights Amendment.
It is still too early to name names, but we have been making a focused effort this summer to reach key leaders on both sides of the congressional aisle. This is vital in gridlocked Washington, D.C.
In the past, we have had overwhelming support, but only in one party – and our reach has been limited to the same. We had dozens and dozens of cosponors, but zero chance of passage.
That will not be the case this Congress.
So while we don’t have glamorous and exciting numbers to share, we are thrilled with the work that has gone on all summer to get us across the aisle. It has been a formidable hurdle, but one we only need to overcome once.
We believe we will see solid results in just the next few weeks – and the new era in Congress will begin!