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Parental Rights Amendment
The Joint Resolution Proposing an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution would protect the parent's "liberty to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children."
History of the Amendment
The Parental Rights Amendment was first proposed in 2009 in response to the threat posed by a UN treaty called the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The treaty was ratified in 1989 by every member nation except the United States and Somalia. Currently, the United States is the only nation left who has not ratified the treaty.
The treaty recognizes children as "social, economic, political, civil, and cultural actors." The treaty grants to children the right to make their own decisions regarding their education and healthcare even if these decisions go against the beliefs of their parents or legal guardians.
In Nannies in Blue Berets: Understanding the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child , Alliance Defending Freedom CEO Michael Farris explains the treaty's power to override the United States law and enforce its precepts. A committee appointed by the UN would have the authority to interpret the treaty as they see fit and their rulings would have binding weight on US courts and legislatures.
"Parents ought to have the right to direct the education and upbringing of their children, regardless of where they live. Without fundamentally guaranteeing the parental rights with a constitutional amendment, these natural rights of parents are left to the discretion and interpretation of government bureaucrats and elected officials. As the father of three young girls, I find the continual erosion of parental oversight and care in their children’s lives unacceptable, and I urge my colleagues to join me in solidifying parental rights as a fundamental right protected by the U.S. Constitution.”
Protecting parental rights in the court room
Texas Public Policy Foundation
"As a parent, you teach your children one worldview at home, but when they go to school, are they learning something else? You have the right to oversee your child's education and what they are taught in public school." Read more...
"We are working to preserve parental rights through a Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as through state and federal legislation that will protect children by empowering parents." Read more...