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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
rightwithoutdemonstratingthatitsgovernmentalinterest 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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Parental Rights Foundation Launches Educational Website

-- March 19, 2015

The Parental Rights Foundation, a new 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the purpose of studying and educating Americans on the state of parental rights in our country, has just launched its new website at parentalrightsfoundation.org.

The site is expected to grow in coming months as the Foundation researches and produces academic “white papers” on topics relevant to parental rights. These papers and other studies will make up a significant portion of the site’s content.

The site also serves as a portal for those who wish to make a donation to support the efforts of the Foundation, or to sign up for news and study updates by email.

Even in its fledgling state, parentalrightsfoundation.org features a brief history of parental rights in America, including a review of the Supreme Court’s parental rights decisions; a section on the Supreme Court and Treaty Law as it impacts parental rights; and The State of Parental Rights in America 2015, which is cross-posted on parentalrights.org.

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March 18, 2015

Leadership Conference an Amazing Success!

In recent weeks we asked you to support our Leadership Conference, which was held March 12-15 in Sterling, Virginia. We are now thrilled to report that the event was a resounding success.

Leaders from 27 states gathered to receive training from lawyers, lobbyists, and ParentalRights.org staff. A dinner on Thursday night introduced volunteers to members of ParentalRights.org’s board and featured 2005 National Football League MVP (Most Valuable Player) Shaun Alexander (right).

Shaun Alexander Addresses Parental Rights Leaders

Volunteer leaders were able to learn from and encourage one another, as the weekend included panel discussions and times for “Q & A” when they could glean from each other. One especially helpful panel featured volunteers from Nevada and Oklahoma, whose states have recently adopted parental rights legislation, fielding questions from other volunteers looking to follow in their steps.

Another wonderful panel featured African-American leaders helping their Caucasian counterparts learn how to get passed the barrier of skin color. Parental rights is an issue that affects all races, cultures, and ethnicities – but uniting all people under one banner is challenging in America today. This session faced that difficulty head-on. We encouraged leaders to walk in a spirit of humility and servanthood as they work to build diverse coalitions that celebrate our differences while sharing common ground.

Volunteer Leaders at the 2015 Training Conference

Volunteer leaders Rev. Steve Craft (NJ) and Latasha Fields (IL) at the 2015 Training Conference

The success or failure of a program such as this cannot be measured quantifiably. We cannot cite a number of cosponsors reached or petitions signed. But those who were present know beyond question that this weekend was a resounding success. Volunteers were equipped, challenged, and encouraged. Then they were sent back to their states ready to drive the parental rights movement to new levels of victory.

I was privileged to be a part of this amazing weekend, and I am so thankful for each one who participated. Truly this movement is far bigger than ourselves. And though we already have much of which to be proud, there is no doubt in my mind that our best days are still to come.

Volunteer Leaders at the 2015 Training Conference

Volunteer leaders attend the 2015 Training Conference

With leaders like these and the support of donors and readers like you, we can and will protect children by empowering their parents through parental rights law and the United States Parental Rights Amendment. Thank you all for standing with us to make this weekend possible.

Sincerely,

Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research

 

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March 12, 2015

Training Underway!

Our volunteer leaders from 27 states are arriving this morning for our special grassroots leadership training! We're incredibly excited to begin this important event.

In the last several weeks we've made great progress toward covering the additional cost of hosting this training. But we have not yet hit our goal for funding the entire event.

So we're extending our earlier offer until 12 noon Eastern on Monday, March 16, with the goal of fully funding the remaining cost by the time the last state leader leaves for home next week.

For $50 or more, we will send you a link* to Everyday Homemaking’s Getting Your Kids to Help out Around the House, a seminar by Vicki Bentley, with the companion Everyday Family Chore System e-book.

For your donation of $100 or more, we will also send you Mike Farris’s complete DVD series Constitutional Literacy.

You get both gifts with your one-time donation of $100 or more.

Please help ParentalRights.org with your generous gift today.

Sincerely,

Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research

*Link will be emailed to the email address you provide with your donation.

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