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We the People...

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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Securing Parental Rights in Your State

This will be our busiest year to date in state legislatures. Recent victories in Virginia, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Kansas have encouraged even more states to take up the cause of parental rights.

Already five states have introduced bills to protect parental rights at the state level in 2015 with strict scrutiny review: Colorado (SB15-077, Parents’ Bill of Rights), New Jersey (S2100 introduced in 2014), North Carolina (2013’s HB711 was tabled as a study bill to be brought back to committee this year), Wyoming (HB 94), and Nebraska (bill number not yet available). In addition, Texas has introducedHCR 36, a resolution urging Congress to propose the Parental Rights Amendment to the States for ratification.

Three additional states have paved the way by locating lead sponsors who are ready to introduce legislation: Alaska, Florida, and Missouri. Yet another six states are in the process, but still looking for key sponsors. These include a resolution effort in Michigan and statute efforts in Alabama, Iowa, Ohio, South Dakota, and Washington.

(If your state-level effort is not listed here, please email Josh@parentalrights.org and let us know right away!)

Already Time to Act

But our parental rights statutes and Parental Rights Amendment resolutions are not the only bills relative to parental rights that we will be supporting this year. Already, we are supporting HB 130 in Mississippi (allowing for a conscientious belief exemption to Mississippi’s vaccination requirement) and HB15-1053 in Colorado (repealing a recent law that expanded the compulsory attendance ages from 7-16 to 6 -17 years). The former recognizes the right of well-informed parents to make the best medical decisions for their child, while the latter respects the right of parents to make education decisions for their child – especially over whether or not their 6-year-old is sufficiently developed to begin formal education.

It is already time to take action in Colorado, where HB15-1053 is scheduled for a hearing in the House Education Committee on January 26 (Monday). The hearing will be in Room 0112 of the state house starting at 1:30 p.m.

It would be great if we could fill the hearing with parents, students, and concerned citizens who support Rep. Ransom and her compulsory education bill. If you live in Colorado and can attend, please do so!

In addition, we will be sending a separate email to Colorado residents in the next day or so asking you to write or email the members of the House Education Committee. We may also be in touch with you soon about a hearing on Colorado SB15-077 which is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 5.

Looking Ahead

Please be on the alert over the next several months as these and other parental rights bills make their way through the legislature not only in Colorado, but in your state as well.

Also, please consider making a generous donation today to support all of these efforts to preserve parental rights in every state.

Thank you for staying connected and taking action when it is needed. Together we are securing parental rights throughout the nation, one state at a time.

Sincerely,

Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research

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January 21, 2015

Securing Parental Rights in Your State

This will be our busiest year to date in state legislatures. Recent victories in Virginia, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Kansas have encouraged even more states to take up the cause of parental rights.

Already six states have introduced bills to protect parental rights at the state level in 2015 with strict scrutiny review: Colorado (SB15-077, Parents’ Bill of Rights), New Jersey (S2100 introduced in 2014), North Carolina (2013’s HB711 was tabled as a study bill to be brought back to committee this year), Wyoming (HB 94), Missouri (HB
557), and Nebraska (bill number not yet available). In addition, Texas has introduced HCR 36, a resolution urging Congress to propose the Parental Rights Amendment to the States for ratification.

Two additional states – Alaska and Florida – have paved the way by locating lead sponsors who are ready to introduce legislation. Yet another six states are in the process, but still looking for key sponsors. These include a resolution effort in Michigan and statute efforts in Alabama, Iowa, Ohio, South Dakota, and Washington.

(If your state-level effort is not listed here, please email Josh@parentalrights.org and let us know right away!)

Already Time to Act

But our parental rights statutes and Parental Rights Amendment resolutions are not the only bills relative to parental rights that we will be supporting this year. Already, we are supporting HB 130 in Mississippi (allowing for a conscientious belief exemption to Mississippi’s vaccination requirement) and HB15-1053 in Colorado (repealing a recent law that expanded the compulsory attendance ages from 7-16 to 6 -17 years). The former recognizes the right of well-informed parents to make the best medical decisions for their child, while the latter respects the right of parents to make education decisions for their child – especially over whether or not their 6-year-old is sufficiently developed to begin formal education.

It is already time to take action in Colorado, where HB15-1053 is scheduled for a hearing in the House Education Committee on January 26 (Monday). The hearing will be in Room 0112 of the state house starting at 1:30 p.m.

It would be great if we could fill the hearing with parents, students, and concerned citizens who support Rep. Ransom and her compulsory education bill. If you live in Colorado and can attend, please do so!

In addition, we will be sending a separate email to Colorado residents in the next day or so asking you to write or email the members of the House Education Committee. We may also be in touch with you soon about a hearing on Colorado SB15-077 which is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 5.

Looking Ahead

Please be on the alert over the next several months as these and other parental rights bills make their way through the legislature not only in Colorado, but in your state as well.

Also, please consider making a generous donation today to support all of these efforts to preserve parental rights in every state.

Thank you for staying connected and taking action when it is needed. Together we are securing parental rights throughout the nation, one state at a time.

Sincerely,

Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research

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