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Parental Rights Amendment

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Parental Rights Amendment
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SECTION 1

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

SECTION 2

The parental right to direct education includes the right to choose public, private, religious, or home schools, and the right to make reasonable choices within public schools for one's child.

SECTION 3

Neither the United States nor any State shall infringe these rights without demonstrating that its governmental interest as applied to the person is of the highest order and not otherwise served.

SECTION 4

This article shall not be construed to apply to a parental action or decision that would end life.

SECTION 5

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.

 

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Sept. 17, 2009-eMail

Happy Constitution Day - 222 years!  And here's something else to celebrate:

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill on your behalf and get a feel for the impact your calls are having. Through the help of some local college students and a number of families who travelled in to join us, we sent out several teams - and we haven't gotten all reports in yet. 

But before the teams even went out, a couple of our staff came in from a meeting with Rep. Young of Alaska to announce that he has agreed to cosponsor the Amendment!

During our visits, we saw your calls at work. In offices where we expected a cold reception, we were warmly thanked for providing them with more information on this subject that their constituents are so concerned about. On at least one ocassion, our team had to wait for the congressional staffer to get off the phone with one of you before they could be seen - which only reinforced that we were there on your behalf!

We also heard from one staff who told us their Democratic congressman had no concerns with cosponsoring except that he is hesitant to amend the Constitution. They told us that if he keeps hearing from more people in his district as he has been, he would be open to change his mind and sign on. So keep up the good work; keep up the calls! 

If you haven't called yet, or want to call again, check our States Watch page and select your state to see which representatives and senators are already on board, grab the contact information for those who are not, and give them a call. (Since Monday we have added Rep. Don Young of Alaska.) Then, invite your friends to do the same.

 

As a reminder: please donate now. Today is the final day of our membership drive ($25 or more), and we are well shy of our goal of 10,000 new or renewing members - though we appreciate that a number of you jumped in yesterday to help! Did you know you can buy a membership on behalf of someone else? Call us at 540.751.1200 for that option. Today is also the final day to receive two T-shirts free with your donation of $100 or more. To join or donate now, click here.

Also, don't forget to check out our front page for today's video contest entry. We're posting a new video each day this week. Click here and enjoy - and pass it on!
 

 

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Sept. 15, 2009

House, Senate Consider Definitions of Parental Rights

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 08:54 PM PDT

House, Senate consider definitions of parental rights
Pete Chagnon - OneNewsNow - 9/15/2009 8:00:00 AM

A pro-family advocate is asking concerned parents and citizens to make their voices heard in Washington, DC, where Capitol Hill lawmakers are trying to counter a U.N. treaty that threatens parental rights.

In a counter attack to the U.N. Rights of the Child treaty, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House have introduced their own versions of a parental rights amendment. Opponents of the U.N. treaty believe that if it is ratified, American parents would lose their parental rights to a foreign entity. The parental rights amendment being considered in Congress would circumvent that. The House version, H.J. Resolution 42, has 116 sponsors, while the Senate version, S.J. Resolution 16, currently has five.

Mike Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association and ParentalRights.org, wants concerned parents and individuals to blitz Capitol Hill and urge their lawmakers to support the parental rights amendment.

"I've been writing a brief all day -- it's due in the Supreme Court next week -- on whether or not the U.S. Supreme Court should use the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child to determine how to deal with juvenile criminals from Florida," he explains. "And Americans should be making these decisions under American law, not international law. And the parental rights amendment would stop the Supreme Court from even entertaining the notion that the international law in the U.N. treaty would be applicable."

Farris notes that there is even language in the healthcare bill that is dangerous to parental rights. Now, he contends, is the time to voice concern -- not later.

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Sept. 15, 2009-Via Email

We are sounding the "Charge!" once again. And today, we're going with you!

First, we want to thank you for calling Congress, and urging others to call. We know you are having an impact on Capitol Hill. What kind of impact, we will know better by tomorrow.

That's because today we are going in to D.C. to speak with congressmen and senators ourselves. We'll be dropping off information in some offices that have heard from you, and in others we'll get to sit down and talk some things over. Because of your phone calls, we will have a better reception. They will know we represent all of you!

So, if you haven't called yet, or just want to call again, check our States Watch page and select your state to see which representatives and senators are already on board grab the contact information for those who are not, and give them a call. (No one new has officially signed on since Monday.) Then, invite your friends to do the same. And while you are calling, we will be taking the message to them face-to-face.

Now, there is one down side to this: we must ask for your patience if you need to call our office today with any questions or needs. They will be greatly under-staffed, since most of us will be on the Hill.

Finally, if you are a person of faith we invite you to pray for our visits today. The fact is, we simply cannot do this alone. Thank you for standing with us and allowing us to represent you in this great fight for the future of our country - our children!

As a reminder: please donate now. There are only two days left in our membership drive ($25 or more), and we are well shy of our goal of 10,000 new or renewing members. Did you know you can buy a membership on behalf of someone else? Call us at 540.751.1200 for that option. There are also only two days left to receive two T-shirts free with your donation of $100 or more. To join or donate now, click here.

Also, don't forget to check out our front page for today's video contest entry. We're posting a new video each day this week. Click here and enjoy!
 

 

For updates of this email online, click here.

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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!
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=hj110-97

Text of H. J. Res. 97 [110th]: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to parental rights

110th CONGRESS

2d Session

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


JOINT RESOLUTION

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:

‘Article --

    ‘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.

    ‘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.’.

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Status:
Occurred: Introduced Jun 26, 2008
Occurred: Referred to Committee View Committee Assignments
Not Yet Occurred: Reported by Committee (did not occur)
Not Yet Occurred: House Vote (did not occur)
Not Yet Occurred: Senate Vote (did not occur)
This resolution was proposed in a previous session of Congress. Sessions of Congress last two years, and at the end of each session all proposed bills and resolutions that haven't passed are cleared from the books. Members often reintroduce bills that did not come up for debate under a new number in the next session.
Last Action:
Jul 28, 2008: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.
 

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Bill S. 1250
South Carolina General Assembly

119th Session, 2011-2012

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Original Link: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess119_2011-2012/bills/1250.docx 

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S. 1250

STATUS INFORMATION

Concurrent Resolution
Sponsors: Senators Fair and Thomas
Document Path: l:\council\bills\ms\7692ahb12.docx

Introduced in the Senate on February 22, 2012
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary

Summary: Parental rights amendment

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   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

2/22/2012

(Text matches printed bills. Document has been reformatted to meet World Wide Web specifications.)

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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