Parental Rights Resolution Reaches 66 Sponsors in Congress

In Childrens Rights, National Parents Day, Parental Rights Amendment, Parents rights on March 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm

The Parental Rights Movement can now count on 66 Congressman in support of Parental Rights Amendment introduced in Congress by Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R) of Michigan’s 2nd District.

Slated to be reintroduced this week by Congressman Hoekstra, H. J. Resolution 97 had slow beginnings last year but quickly picked up many more supporters with the inclusion of and advocacy of many divorced and non-custodial parents (NCPs) in the past few weeks.

Originally the idea of the home school advocates in direct response to the growing threat of the passage of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) by the Obama administration, the inclusion of the 10s of millions of divorced parents who have lost custody of their children has given new life to the passage of a parents rights amendment by the states.

The resolution is worded very simply in legal terms but would grant parents the U.S. Constitutional protected rights to direct the upbringing and education of their children free of governmental interference barring an overriding governmental concern such as criminal abuse or neglect of a child.


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

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.

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.

Originally drafted by Michael P. Farris of the Home School Legal Defense Association, the draft resolution would create an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would guarantee rights to parents that have been supported by many US Supreme Court decisions over the past 70 years, but never codified at the federal level.

To quote directly form the ParentalRights.org website:

“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.


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! ”

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