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House, Senate consider definitions of parental rights
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Parental Rights Amendment Introduced!
Contact your Representative today and urge them to support the Parental Rights Amendment.
The Parental Rights Constitutional Amendment bill has just been introduced in the House of Representatives! Our bill number is H. J. Res 97. Rep. Pete Hoekstra introduced the proposed constitutional amendment which is designed to preserve and protect parental rights from future erosion. Preserving parental rights for generations to come is an issue that concerns every parent across this nation. ThatĘs why now is the time to get your Congressperson to support this vital bill.
The introduction of the Parental Rights Amendment signals the opening of an important discussion in Congress. So we encourage you to begin engaging Congress on the issue of parental rights today.
TAKE ACTION NOW!- See Joint Resolution
You can contact your member of Congress here.
Write, call or email with a short message urging your member of Congress to stand in support of H. J. Res 97, the Parental Rights Constitutional Amendment. Encourage them to contact Rep. Pete Hoekstra to add their name to a list of potential Co-Sponsors.
TrackAnd look for more updates as we move forward with this vital effort!
Text of H. J. Res. 97 [110th]: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to parental rights
H. J. RES. 97
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to parental rights.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 26, 2008
Mr. HOEKSTRA introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to parental rights.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:
South Carolina General Assembly
119th Session, 2011-2012
This Bill in Microsoft Word format
Introduced in the Senate on February 22, 2012
Summary: Parental rights amendment
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2/22/2012 Senate Introduced (Senate Journal-page 7) 2/22/2012 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 7) 2/28/2012 Senate Referred to Subcommittee: Sheheen (ch), Knotts, Campsen, Lourie, Campbell
View the latest legislative information at the LPITS web site
VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
MEMORIALIZING THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO PROPOSE THE PARENTAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT TO THE STATES FOR RATIFICATION.
Whereas, the right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children is a fundamental right protected by the Constitutions of the United States and the State of South Carolina; and
Whereas, our nation has historically relied first and foremost on parents to meet the real and constant needs of children; and
Whereas, the interests of children are best served when parents are free to make childrearing decisions about education, religion, and other areas of a child's life without state interference; and
Whereas, the United States Supreme Court in Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972) has held that "This primary role of the parents in the upbringing of their children is now established beyond debate as an enduring American tradition"; and
Whereas, the United States Supreme Court in Troxel v. Granville (2000) produced six different opinions on the nature and enforceability of parental rights under the United States Constitution; and
Whereas, this decision has created confusion and ambiguity about the fundamental nature of parental rights in the laws and society of the several States; and
Whereas, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has been proposed and may soon be considered for ratification by the United States Senate, which would drastically alter this fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children; and
Whereas, this Convention has already been acceded to by 192 nations worldwide and has already been cited by United States courts as "customary international law"; and
Whereas, international influence is being exerted on the United States Supreme Court, as demonstrated in Roper v. Simmons (2005), where "the Court has referred to the laws of other countries and to the international authorities as instructive for its interpretation" of the United States Constitution; and
Whereas, the following has been introduced in the United States Congress as an Amendment to the United States Constitution to prevent erosion of the enduring American tradition of treating parental rights as fundamental rights:
SECTION ONE: The liberty of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children is a fundamental right; and
SECTION TWO: 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; and
SECTION THREE: 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; and
Whereas, this amendment will add explicit text to the Constitution of the United States to forever protect the rights of parents as they are now enjoyed, without substantive change to current state or federal laws respecting these rights; and
Whereas, such enumeration of these rights in the text of the Constitution will preserve them from being infringed upon by the shifting ideologies and interpretations of the United States Supreme Court; and
Whereas, such enumeration of these rights in the text of the Constitution will preserve them from being infringed upon by treaty or international law; and
Whereas, the South Carolina General Assembly hereby affirms the Parental Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution as presented to the United States Congress and as referenced herein; and
Whereas, the South Carolina General Assembly urges the members of South Carolina's congressional delegation to support the proposed Amendment by cosponsoring the joint resolution presented in their legislative body as appropriate. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, memorialize the members of the United States Congress to propose the Parental Rights Amendment to the States for ratification.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the President and members of the United States Senate, the Speaker and members of the United States House of Representatives, and to the clerk of the legislative bodies of each of South Carolina's sister states.
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